Board Of Directors

Board of Directors

President

01Roger de Freitas is a British philanthropist who often works directly with local NGOs to develop their capacity to deal with a broad range of challenges. Before joining the Open Spaces Society, a British conservation group, as a Vice-President, Roger was the chairman of the BTCV, the UK’s largest practical conservation charity, and the 2010 UK charity of the year. He is also a Board Advisor of Global Nature Fund, the project holder of an Asia regional mangrove restoration project involving MAP-Asia. [email protected]

Treasurer

03Roan Blacker has been financially advising, raising capital and monitoring finances for nonprofit corporations and government organizations for nearly 30 years. As Treasurer, Roan oversees MAP’s finances and monitors the corporation’s reporting and fiscal policies. Over his career he has raised more than a billion dollars of capital for his client’s causes. Roan is a graduate in Economics and Latin American Studies from UCLA, and earned his MBA from the Columbia University. Currently he is President of Blacker F/CS, a financial consulting firm for nonprofit and government entities, and is a professor of accounting at Olympic College.

Secretary

Since retiring as the executive director of Portland Audubon, Meryl Redisch is spending a lot more time enjoying Oregon’s natural beauty. When she is not skiing, hiking, or traveling, she works to advance policies related to urban and community forestry including; as chair of Portland’s Urban Forestry Commission. Meryl grew up in New York City and secured her first job as an Urban Park Ranger in Central Park. She graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in Environmental Science and Forestry. After leaving Brooklyn to go west in 1994, she ran TreeUtah, an urban forestry and community building organization. There, she finally learned to ski powder and picked up another Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Utah.
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Board Member

John CowanJohn Cowan is an experienced program development leader with a record of developing and implementing strategic planning that leads to sustained success. Skilled at developing people centered programs and helping them to build effective teams that contribute to a sustainable development, he has worked with such organizations as the UNDP, NZODA, and the Asian Development Bank. He currently works at NuAlchemy, a consulting practice specialized in technology commercialization, reclaimed water systems development, and strategic planning for business growth both organic and through strategic mergers and partnerships.

Board Member

Gary VoermanFrom 2007-2015 Garrett Voerman, served as Science Policy Manager in the Environmental Affairs Division of Seattle City Light (one of the nation’s greenest utilities) providing management and leadership direction for the Science Policy Unit and department wide programs including Climate Research and Adaptation, Greenhouse Gas Mitigation, Endangered Species Act Protection and Adaptation Programs He oversaw significant scientific research programs in both climate science and fish protection. He assisted in the development of policies and procedures regarding issues such as Climate Change and Carbon neutrality and the monitoring and recovery of Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed species potentially affected by City Light hydroelectric projects. He also oversaw a funding program that generated significant revenue for the ESA program by successfully securing grants and matching funds for aquatic habitat protection and restoration.

From 1994-2007 Garrett served as Unit Manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Region 10 (Pacific Northwest including Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska). He supervised up to 20 professional staff in the implementation of several EPA programs including; the Wetlands Protection Program, the National Estuary Program, the Ocean Dumping Program, the Puget Sound Sediment Management Program, the State Non-point Source Implementation Program, and the State Revolving Fund program. In addition he oversaw a multimillion dollar environmental funding program consisting of grants and loans to states. local governments and tribes. From 1981-1994 Garrett served as a professional staff at EPA in Denver and Seattle helping to implement a variety of environmental statutes.

Garrett has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina.

He is a founding member of the Northwest Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists.