Board

Alan Harper

President

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Alan has had an interest in photography and conservation for most of his life. Following graduate school, he became active in various conservation projects in Baja California, including being a member of the board of Pro Esteros and Pro Peninsula.

During his period as a Board Member of Pro Esteros, he helped to gather an inventory of Baja California Wetlands Inventory, and he coordinated a successful effort to prevent an American developer from building an environmentally destructive housing development at San Quintín Bay. He is a founding board member of Terra Peninsular A.C. and he is also a board member in California Audubon Society, California League of Conservation Voters, and the California Institute for Biodiversity.

Dan Silver

Vicepresident

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A physician by training, Dan was born in Los Angeles, and attended the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 1989, Dan led the effort to preserve the Santa Rosa Plateau in Riverside County. In 1991, after practicing internal medicine for 10 years, he retired to work full t ime on environmental issues. With EHL since its inception in 1991, Dan saw the organization emerge as a regional leader in conservation and growth management.

In 2004, the American Planning Association California Chapter honored Dan with its Outstanding Distinguished Leadership: Layperson Award. At the present moment, Dan is the Chief Executive Officer of Endangered Habitats League and vicepresident of the Board of Terra Peninsular A.C.

Marco Isaac Navarro Steck

Treasurer

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Marco is a member of Corporativo Navarro S.C., an associated firm in the city of Ensenada, B.C., where he provides audit and tax services. He is a Fellow of the College of Chartered Accountants of Ensenada, B.C., where he has been Vice-Chairman and member of the Fiscal Commission.

He has been lecturer in several technical training courses in business forums, public accountants associations and universities.

Horacio de la Cueva

Secretary

Horacio is a founding member and former board president. He is a senior researcher at the Ecology Department of the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education at Ensenada (CICESE, for its acronym in Spanish) where he teaches ecology and evolutionary biology. He is also statistics professor and research director in a master’s collaboration program in environmental administration with the Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF), a humanities post-graduate institution focused on border issues.

He currently directs the National Committee for the Reintroduction of the Californian Condor to Mexico; he is a founding member and Education Chair at the Pinniped’s Conservation National Committee; and, he is the CICESE’s representative in the Vida Silvestre, Borrego Cimarrón, and Sierra San Pedro Mártir National Park committees.

Eduardo Palacios

Executive and Conservation Committee

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Eduardo is a Founder and a Board Member. He works as a researcher at the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education at Ensenada (CICESE, for its acronym in Spanish) in La Paz, Baja California Sur. His doctoral research at the University of California, Davis, examined the relation among nutrition and gender and its influence on growth and development of Brown Pelicans in the Sea of Cortez.

Previously, he developed the Baja California Wetlands Inventory and associated website for Pro Esteros A.C. An avid birder, Eduardo has been advising conservation organizations and surveying the shore birds of Baja California for over 10 years.

Rosario Álvarez

Executive and Development Committee

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Rosario has worked for 22 years on Management, Environmental Engineering and Natural Resource Conservation; 18 of these in senior leadership positions in the private sector and the non-profit sector. She has been responsible for leading team efforts to produce measurable conservation and/or environmental results.

Ms. Alvarez has an extensive experience in engaging diverse groups – public, private-sector, and non-profit in results-focused conservation strategies. She has experience in working across Latin America and the United States. Ms. Alvarez worked for 10 years in The Nature Conservancy in leadership.

Bart O’Brien

Executive and Conservation Committee

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Bart is the Director of Special Projects at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) in Claremont, CA, an educational institution dedicated to research, conservation, and horticulture of California native plants. Bart is also editor of Fremontia, the journal of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS). Bart is a fifth generation Californian, and he is an authority on the native flora of the state and of northern Baja California, Mexico.

He is also a renowned plant collector, grower and photographer and a lecturer and author. He is co-author of two books: the award winning California Native Plants for the Garden; and the bilingual Care & Maintenance of Southern California Native Plant Gardens. O’Brien was listed as one of “The 100 Most Powerful People in Southern California” by the editorial staff of the Los Angeles Times/West Magazine (August 13, 2006). He is currently leading the rare, endangered, and endemic vascular plants of northwestern Baja California.

Rosi Bustamante

Development Committee

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With extensive experience in nonprofit entrepreneurship and leadership, Rosi Bustamante is a bilingual and bicultural Latina professional specializing in fundraising, startups and organizational development. Growing up in Tijuana, Mexico, she fell in love with volunteerism as a strategy to create effective change, and then chose to focus on the non-profit sector during college for the power of its impact and its value on transparency.

After obtaining her Master’s Degree in nonprofit management, she concentrated on K-12 environmental education and land conservation. In 2001, Rosi formed Terra Peninsular, the first land trust in Baja California, Mexico. She led a team of dedicated volunteer conservationists from both sides of the border and successfully raised funds from donors in the U.S.A. Today, Terra Peninsular is the most effective land trust in the region.

Sergio Hirales

Advisor

Biólogo por la Facultad de Ciencias de la UABC y Licenciado en Derecho, por el Instituto Nacional de Estudios Sindicales y de Administración Pública. Cuenta con Diplomados en Gestión Ambiental, en Sistemas de Información Geográfica y en Administración Pública.  

Cuenta con 25 años de experiencia en el campo de la Gestión Ambiental, se ha desempeñado tanto en el sector público como en la iniciativa privada. Ha participado en la creación y evaluación de diversos proyectos de ley y normativas ambientales del estado de Baja California.