David Bartecchi, M.A.
Dave received his M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Colorado State University and has worked with Village Earth since 1998. He is now the executive director of Village Earth. Since 2000 he has been working with grassroots groups on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to recover lands for community-based bison restoration.
Mila Birnbaum, MBA
Mila holds an MBA in Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise from Colorado State University and a B.A. in political science from Reed College with a specialty in repressive governments’ relation to civil society. She has over 17 years’ experience as a senior corporate paralegal, specializing in corporate and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, IPO’s, financings, corporate governance, and investor relations for public and private companies in
both the profit and non-profit sectors
Cynthia Ord, M.S.
Cynthia Ord holds a Masters of Tourism and Environmental Economics degree from the University of the Balearic Islands in Palma de Mallorca, Spain and a B.A. in Spanish and Philosophy from Colorado State University. Her M.S. program focused on the socio-cultural, environmental and economic impacts of global tourism.
Pilar is currently Director of Programming and Training for US Peace Corps in Kiev, Ukraine. She’s also serves as Education Cluster Co-lead at UNICEF Pakistan. Previously she’s worked for UNHCR, Save the Children, International Rescue Committee, and IREX. She holds an MPA in Public Administration from University of Colorado, Denver and a BA in Anthropology and Latin American Studies from CU Boulder.
John Straw, M.Ed.
John Straw has an M.Ed. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, focused on social justice education, and his bachelors from the University of Michigan with a degree in Spanish and Education. John has spent five years working in Honduras and Guatemala on community-based health and development projects, and the past 15 years working with Concern America, an international development and refugee aid organization, based in southern California, with health, water, and income-generation projects in Latin America and Africa