USA Office

Alfredo Quarto

alfredo1Alfredo Quarto, Co-Executive Director and Co-founder, is a veteran campaigner with over 35 years of experience in organizing and writing on the environment and human rights issues. Formerly an aerospace engineer, his experiences range over many countries and several environmental organizations, with a long-term focus on forestry, indigenous cultures, and human rights. Prior to MAP, he was the executive director of the Ancient Forest Chautauqua, a multimedia traveling forum with events in 30 West Coast cities on behalf of old-growth forests and indigenous dwellers. Alfredo has published numerous popular articles, book chapters, and conference papers on mangrove forest ecology, community-managed sustainable development, and shrimp aquaculture. He lives on a small, organic farm in Port Angeles, Washington and is conversant in Spanish.
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Sara Lavenhar

Sara Lavenhar, Co-Executive Director, is a recent graduate of Columbia University with a degree in environmental science and sustainable development. Introduced to MAP as an intern in 2013, Sara has been responsible for a wide range of duties from website development to volunteer and office management. Currently, she works in Seattle where she oversees fundraising, outreach, and operations for the Mangrove Action Project. As co-director, she is responsible for guiding MAP’s transition and helping to set the framework for the future, improving program delivery and strengthening outreach efforts.
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Monica Gutierrez-Quarto

Monica Gutierrez-Quarto is a Chilean artist and printmaker who has helped coordinate the MAP International Children’s Art Calendar contest for the last 12 years. These beautiful calendars are gaining in popularity with each year. Monica also assists with database entry. She lives in Port Angeles, Washington.
Contact: tel (360) 452-5866 or [email protected]

Leslie Hill

MAP Bookkeeper/ Accounting (Part-time), Leslie has worked since 2003 with MAP managing MAP’s financial records and IRS reporting essential for keeping MAP’s books and 501-c-3 non-profit status updated.

Education Program

Martin Keeley

martin-keeleyEducation Director (Part-time), brings 17 years of experience as a teacher and over 25 years in environmental education to his work developing and implementing MAP’s Mangrove Curriculum with teachers, NGOs, and Education Ministries worldwide. Before joining MAP, Martin was the founder and Executive Director of a wetland education project called the Friends of Boundary Bay/Fraser River for Life Communications Society – based on the border of BC, Canada and Washington state- for 8 years. With more than 45 years of experience in communications and education, he has developed extensive and award-winning environmental education programs on wetlands. Martin lives in the Cayman Islands.
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MAP Asia Regional Office – Thailand

Jim Enright

jim-enrightJim Enright, Asia Coordinator, has been the main organizer and facilitator of MAP’s In the Hands of the Fishers (IHOF) program, starting with the first workshop in Trang, Thailand in 1999. In addition, he has co-organized and co-facilitated nine Community-based Ecological Mangrove Restoration (EMR) technical training workshops in Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, India, Sri Lanka and El Salvador. Jim also oversees MAP’s office in Thailand which includes 5 Thai staff (3 full-time and 2 part-time) plus an international volunteer intern. Presently he oversees two German government funded CBEMR and livelihood field projects in southern Thailand and in Cambodia a partnership project with Participatory Management of Coastal Resources (PMCR) for over a decade. Before joining MAP in 2000, he spent 7 years working with coastal resource issues in Thailand, as a national park interpreter in Khao Sam Roi Yot, Thailands first coastal national park, and with the Thai NGO, Yadfon Association, which promotes community-based coastal resource management (CBCRM) with coastal fishing communities in Trang. Jim has an honors degree in Environment Resource Studies with a specialty in international development. He is responsible for the MAP-Asia office based in Trang, southern Thailand, and speaks conversational Thai. [email protected]

Jaruwan Kaewmahanin

Jaruwan-Kaewmahanin-Ning(Ning) Field Project Manager Thailand, overseas MAP’s EMR and livelihood field program. Presently, she is heading the implementation of MAP’s four year project “Mangrove Restoration and Reforestation in Asia, a Project for Knowledge Exchange and Action to Protect Climate change, Forest and Biodiversity” Ning joined MAP in 2006 and came with 4 years experience in project management and coordination of action research related to mangrove for the Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and Pacific (RECOFTC). She has 13 years in project management and coordination of action research related to mangrove and community-based natural resource management and networking among communities at the provincial, regional and international levels. She also has 5 years experience in participatory mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for natural resource management, including field application, training curriculum development and training of trainers. While with Greenpeace she was involved in environmental education for children.
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Mr. Udomsak Pariwatpan

Mr Udomsak Pariwatpan, (Em) is MAP-Asia’s Project Field Officer and holds a Bachelor of Science (Technology for Marine and Coastal Resources Management) from Walailak University, Nakhon Si Thammarat.  He has 6 years experiences working with Seub Nakhasathien Foundation as a Geographic Information System (GIS) officer and has worked with the Environmental Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University for 8 months.  He also has skills on computer systems and basic computer graphic design.  Em joined MAP-Asia as a field officer in August 2015.
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Ms. Pimaaksara Chalermwon

Ms. Pimaaksara Chalermwon, (Pick) is MAP-Asia’s first Officer Administrator as of Jan. 2016. She joined MAP in Oct. 2015 as Project Officer Thailand to manage the Community-Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration (CBEMR) project funded by Global Nature Fund (GNF) Germany.  She has six years freelance experience with local communities and has worked for The Institute of Research and Development (IRD) at Walailak University focusing on community-based research with villagers in Nakhon Sri Thammarat.   Pick has been involved in a project called “Trang River Research” with The Thailand Research Fund.  She also has journalism experience and has strong skills in southern Thai culture.
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Leo Thom

Leo-ThomLeo Thom, MAP visual communication, gained a first class degree and then a diploma in Landscape Architecture and went onto teach Landscape Architecture for 4 years at Kingston University London whilst always focusing and experimenting with different forms of visual communication including moving image. Having co-founded an award winning design studio, Room60, he now spends most time working on a variety of environmental projects around the tropics. [email protected]

Mira Maude Chouinard

Leo-ThomMira Maude Chouinard, MAP’s Latin America Assistant Project Coordinator, is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a degree in environmental science and of Humber College with a certificate in international program management. She worked for Falls Brook Centre and coordinated a community resilience and mangrove restoration project in Honduras, in cooperation with local NGOs and the multinational DOLE Food Company. As they encountered issues with the traditional planting method, she discovered MAP and the CBEMR method and was relieved to have found a successful long-term mangrove restoration method. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish.[email protected]