Board of Directors

May R. Berenbaum, Ph.D., President
Swanlund Professor and Head, Department of Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Berenbaum is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is also a well known author with over two hundred scientific articles and dozens of popular science pieces, including several books.

Linda Craig, CPA, CFP, Treasurer
Linda, now retired, is the former owner of an accounting firm in Portland. She has served on a number of not-for-profit Boards of Directors in the Portland area and was formerly President of the Audubon Society of Portland. In addition to being Xerces’ Treasurer, she is also Treasurer of Portland Homeless Family Solutions, a not-for-profit in Portland that provides shelter for homeless families. She is a member of the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Sacha H. Spector, Secretary
Director of Conservation Science at Scenic Hudson, a non-profit working to protect and restore the Hudson River. Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia University, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology. Sacha has written many scientific and popular articles on invertebrate conservation and also works with the IUCN as the Scarab Beetle Red List Authority.

David Frazee Johnson
Director of Foundation Relations, University of Oregon. David works with university administration and faculty to identify strategic priorities for the University of Oregon, and works with grant-making foundations whose funding interests align with those projects. Prior to taking this position, he was the Grants & Special Gifts Officer at Reed College, where he directed all faculty grant activity for the institution.

Logan Lauvray
Green Spaces Initiative Manager, Friends of Trees.  Logan volunteers with Cascadia Wild and serves on the organizing committee for PDX Ecologists Unite. 

Marla Spivak, Ph.D.
Distinguished McKnight Professor, Entomology; University of Minnesota, Department of Entomology. Marla Spivak is considered one of the world’s authorities on honey bees. She conducts both applied and basic research, and has bred a disease-resistant honey bee that is used widely. She was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2010. She was a past-president of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects’ North American Section, and is a trustee of the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees.


Scientific Advisors

Paul R. Ehrlich
Wendell Gilgert
Boris Kondratieff
Claire Kremen
John Losey
Thomas Lovejoy
Scott E. Miller
Piotr Naskrecki
Paul A. Opler
Dennis Paulson
Robert Michael Pyle
Michael Samways
Cheryl Schultz
Robbin Thorp
E.O. Wilson
Rachael Winfree


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