Based in northern California, our team is made up of dedicated and passionate supporters of wildlife conservation.
Chief Financial Officer
Veleta’s love for horses and the wild drew her to support WCN. Her childhood was filled with nature summer camps and horseback riding. Veleta has spent the last ten years leading accounting, finance and operation teams. She has held senior leadership roles at a variety of nonprofit and public service organizations in the Bay Area. Veleta received her B.A. from University of San Francisco. Her personal mission is to serve as a voice for the underserved and to educate communities.
Director of Marketing and Communications
Stephanie’s two biggest passions are telling great stories and helping animals. In 2003 she was able to bring these passions together by managing communications projects for WildAid, an organization focused on ending illegal wildlife trafficking. Inspired by this experience she went on to get her M.A. in geography, studying human-wildlife interactions in marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation. Most recently, Stephanie was a Communications Officer at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation where she worked on communications strategy and developed print and digital content on a variety of issues—including climate change, education, women’s empowerment and the arts. She has been a fan of WCN since attending her first Expo in 2004 and is thrilled to be back using her marketing and communications skills to help protect wildlife.
Jean-Gael "JG" Collomb, Ph.D.
JG has always been passionate about animals. With over two decades of experience in the non-profit sector, his focus has been at the interface between wildlife conservation and development issues. He joined WCN in 2012 and provides strategic leadership to enhance WCN’s overall impacts, sustainability and growth. Originally from Paris, France, JG started his career working with inspiring ecologists studying chimps, gorillas, and mandrills and dodging the occasional elephant in Gabon. At the World Resources Institute, he managed an NGO network to monitor logging companies in Central Africa. He returned to Gabon with the Wildlife Conservation Society to help the development of national parks and ecotourism. For his Ph.D., JG studied the effects of tourism on people’s wellbeing around protected areas in northeastern Namibia. JG is thrilled to combine all of his interests through his work at WCN. When not at work, he tries to keep up with his wife and two children exploring the outdoors and cultural diversity of the Bay Area.
Senior Community Engagement Manager
Sophie joined WCN in the spring of 2016 because of her passion for animals all around the world, not just her local pup, Peaches. As Senior Community Engagement Manager, Sophie manages the annual Wildlife Conservation Expos and donor events. She also leads the Wildlife Champions program, working with external fundraisers hosting events and crowdfunding campaigns benefiting WCN and their conservation Partners. Sophie graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a B.A. in Spanish Literature and International Business. Most recently, Sophie worked at the American Cancer Society where she managed a large fundraising event to support the fight against breast cancer, and at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health in community and donor events. As a native to the Bay Area, Sophie still enjoys exploring the East Bay for new hiking trails, going to the beach with Peaches, and visiting local wine country.
Seret joined WCN in 2015 excited to lend a hand in wildlife conservation. She was born and raised in San Francisco but is of Eritrean descent. She has always loved animals and is honored to be able to in some way contribute to the protection of all species and their habitats. Seret received her Bachelors of Science in Accounting from San Francisco State University. In her free time, Seret enjoys listening to music and spending time with her friends and family.
Donor Engagement Associate
Conservation Funds Manager
Brooke’s passion for wildlife started at a very young age with her first book report being about Jane Goodall. This passion only grew after she went to Africa on a safari, watched every David Attenborough documentary, and learned about the Cheetah Conservation Fund her first year at Cornell. Now that Brooke is the Conservation Funds Manager at WCN, she aims to support and grow the Crisis and Recovery Funds, communicate the stories in the field out to the public, and happily be part of the difference that is conserving these magnificent species. Prior to WCN, Brooke graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Sustainability as well as worked for the City of Piedmont as their sustainability fellow. She hopes to utilize her past experience to enhance the relationship between conservation and sustainability. Brooke is an avid fan of both Marvel movies and chocolate, and she loves to travel, hike, snuggle her dogs, and be with her family.
Donor Engagement Coordinator
Since her childhood hobbies of horseback riding and aquarium keeping, Rachel has always loved animals. After attending a marine biology summer camp in the Florida Keys, she knew her calling was to help preserve important species and habitats. She was thrilled to join the team as Donor Engagement Coordinator in June 2019. Previously, she promoted conservation through organizing education programs, much like the ones that inspired her, and volunteering with harbor seal rehabilitation at The Marine Mammal Center. Before moving to the Bay Area, Rachel was an environmental educator while earning her B.S in marine biology in Charleston, South Carolina. She is passionate about community-based conservation that benefits both wildlife and people. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys cycling, yoga, live music, and spending time with loved ones.
Salesforce System Administrator
An animal lover since birth, Amy first realized the negative effects people were having on the wildlife and wild places she treasured when she had to write a middle school paper on the environment. Since that defining moment, she has made it her mission to do as much as she can to help protect animals and the environment—through her volunteer and career work at nonprofits like the Greater Farallones Association, the San Francisco Zoo, the Marine Mammal Center in Santa Barbara, and WCN. In addition to her nonprofit experience, Amy has worked at several large tech companies in marketing, communications, and training. Today, as the Salesforce System Administrator at WCN, she leverages her technology experience and the power of database customization to help the WCN team work more efficiently to better protect wildlife. Amy holds a B.A. in Communications and a certification in Salesforce Administration. Previously, she managed a doggie daycare and her own petsitting business, learned to train big cats and other wild animals at Hollywood Animals, and was awarded a grant to go on an Earthwatch conservation science excursion on a riverboat down the Amazon. In her free time, you can usually find her outdoors hiking, horseback riding, stand up paddle boarding, whale watching, skiing, traveling to places with natural wonders and fauna—and photographing all of it.
Human Resources Specialist and Office Manager
Max has always loved animals and people. He received a lot of ecological education growing up through Animal Planet, Zoboomafoo, Scouts, and educational opportunities at his school district in Ohio. Max studied Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Evansville. These passions led him to pursue a career in human resources and operations. He joined WCN as the Human Resources Specialist and Office Manager, a position that combines his passions and work experience. Outside of work Max loves coffee, wine, tacos, travel, long walks, and trying new foods.
Director, Rhino Recovery Fund
Since a young age, Markus has been interested in wildlife and conservation. He graduated as veterinarian from the University of Pretoria in 1994. After graduating, he worked as an exotic animal vet at the University of Pretoria. In 1995, he joined the North West Parks and Tourism Board as veterinarian and field ecologist for Madikwe Game Reserve. From there he moved to Kruger National Park at the end of 1999 as a junior veterinarian, rising through the ranks to become the Head of the Veterinary Wildlife Services Department for South African National Parks in 2003. From SANParks, Markus moved to Botswana in 2017 to fill the role as the Chief Conservation Officer for Great Plains Conservation and overseeing the Botswana component of the Rhino without Borders rhino translocation to the Okavango Delta. After 2 years Markus moved to the Oak Foundation as a program officer in the wildlife conservation & trade portfolio based in London and currently will remain with them and play a dual role as Director of the Rhino Recovery Fund and developing the conservation strategy in the Oak Foundation. Markus has been working with rhino since a student so they have been a thread throughout his career.
Charlie is the President and Co-founder of the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN), which has advanced a powerful new model of wildlife conservation. Charlie retired early as a successful Stanford-educated entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. He founded software company Rubicon Technology in 1989 and sold it in 1994. His retirement lasted six days, until he launched full-time into applying his business acumen and experience to wildlife conservation. In the 1990s, Charlie helped the Cheetah Conservation Fund and the Snow Leopard Conservancy grow into world-class conservation programs, which led to the formation of the Wildlife Conservation Network in 2002. The synthesis of creativity and practicality in Charlie’s’ approach has inspired thousands of passionate donors, as well as a rising generation of conservation pioneers.
Audrey joined WCN in January 2021 as Programs Coordinator. She provides critical functional and coordination support to WCN’s Conservation Programs Team and helps ensure integration across WCN departments. Before joining WCN, Audrey worked as an environmental educator and managed ecological action campaigns led by students in their communities. In 2017, she developed a desalination education curriculum and water conservation project for middle school students in San Diego, CA that was sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She is passionate about environmental education and empowering individuals to embrace their role in building a more sustainable future. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Audrey loves experimenting with vegetarian recipes in the kitchen, hiking, climbing trees, playing the original football (soccer), geeking out on science documentaries, and streaming anything comedy.
Director, Lion Recovery Fund
Peter Lindsey, Ph.D.
Peter joined WCN in 2017 as the Conservation Initiatives Director and brings a lifelong passion for African wildlife conservation to the organization. He has been working on and with African wildlife since 1993, when he started out as an apprentice in Save Valley Conservancy in Zimbabwe. Peter went on to study at Oxford and ultimately graduated with a PhD from the Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria. Developing an early expertise on African wild dogs, Peter went on to work on a broad array of conservation issues ranging from predator conservation, to the threats facing them and other wildlife, to wildlife ranching and community conservation, and most recently to Africa’s vast protected area network. Peter has worked in Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe and brings a unique ‘big picture’ perspective to our African conservation efforts. Prior to joining WCN, Peter worked for Panthera’s Lion Program as the policy coordinator and completed some major overviews of the issues facing the conservation of lions in Africa’s protected area network.
WCN Director / Vice President and Board Director
After 20 years in the private sector in Silicon Valley, Rebecca joined The Nature Conservancy in 2001 to pursue her life-long interest in conservation. As a Regional Director she oversaw conservation programs in many parts of the world, from China to Peru to the western United States, and developed a deep appreciation for the importance of community-based conservation. Then as the Chief Conservation Strategies Officer she led TNC’s global policy and science initiatives. She joined WCN in 2010 to contribute her experience to WCN’s innovative and effective model for wildlife conservation. She is on the boards of several other conservation organizations, and in her free time, she also enjoys hiking adventures.
Marketing and Communications Associate
Madison joined WCN as the Office Manager in 2017, and has since expanded her role as the Marketing and Communications Associate to include website development, graphic design, and social media management. Madison is a creative storyteller and content developer, using her passion for environmental and social issues to elevate WCN’s mission of protecting endangered species. Madison graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Digital Communications in 2017. When she’s not at work, Madison is usually on a road trip, eating Japanese food, hunting for unique antiques at local flea markets, listening to true crime podcasts, or watching documentaries.
Gift and Legacy Manager
Pauline holds a lifelong passion for conservation and a love of the outdoors. She grew up on a sheep ranch along the banks of the Mattole River in remote Northern California. From her background in philanthropy, she has extensive experience working with donors who had either a lot or a little to give, and was inspired daily by the kindness and generosity of people in her community. She is excited to be a part of the WCN team as the Donor Engagement Data Manager and to work with our team by providing essential information garnered through research to reach our audience as effectively as possible. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in pre-law from Mills College, and later earned a Master’s Degree from The George Washington University in Political Management. Among her many interests, she has volunteered at a program that takes WWII and Korean War veterans on a four-day trip to Washington D.C. to visit and reflect at their respective War Memorials, has run three half marathons (the latest in Zion National Park), and loves to travel.
Conservation Network Manager
Tommy joined the Wildlife Conservation Network in the spring of 2019 as the Conservation Network Manager. He intends to improve the communication of conservation topics to a wider audience, by highlighting the field’s social and economic values, in addition to its ecological importance. Prior to WCN, Tommy worked in the global program of the Wildlife Conservation Society, based at the Bronx Zoo in New York City. While growing up in New York, Tommy recognized the impact that land use planning has on both our cities and natural resources, driving him to earn a Bachelor’s degree in both Environmental Science and Urban Design & Architecture, from New York University, where he also spent a semester studying abroad in Berlin, Germany. Tommy is a fluent Spanish speaker, avid traveler, biker, outdoorsman, and fan of music.
Senior Grants Manager
Hailing from Brookline, Massachusetts, Becca joined WCN as the Grants Manager in September 2016. She brings with her over ten years of fundraising experience, starting in college by raising money to buy a boat for her collegiate rowing team in memory of her father and then bicycling across the country to raise money for affordable housing. Becca holds a B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University and is excited to bring together her professional skill set with her personal interests and love of animals. She’s an avid equestrian and a dog lover. In her free time, she enjoys backpacking (especially in the Sierra Nevada mountains), cycling, photography, running, open water swimming, and generally being outside as much as possible. She lives in Oakland with her dog, Huckleberry, and spends most of her free time riding her horse, Temecula. Two fun facts: her first pet was a mouse, and she used to lead Lord of the Rings-themed horse treks in New Zealand.
Accounts Payable and Compliance Analyst
Kylie joined the Wildlife Conservation Network in the summer of 2018 as an Operations Assistant and has since expanded her role to Accounts Payable and Compliance Analyst. She was drawn to environmental sustainability in college where she conducted projects on urban agriculture and local farmers’ markets through the lens of sustainability. This interest in sustainability led her to WCN. Prior to WCN, Kylie held a position at Stanford University’s Institute for Research in the Social Sciences where she worked in communication, events, finance, and program management. Kylie has a B.A. in Spanish from Knox College where she spent a year and a half in travel study programs in Argentina, Spain, and India.
Director of Conservation Programs
Paul specializes in highly threatened and endangered species, incubating conservation startups, and building leadership capacity in the environmental field. At WCN, Paul is accountable for the strategic deployment and tactical implementation of WCN’s Wildlife Funds Strategy, including current and future ones. In addition to his work with WCN, he runs Save Pangolins, a project he co-founded to address the illegal trade of the little-known pangolin, the world’s most illegally trafficked mammal. Prior to WCN, Paul was a director of Ewaso Lions and helped start, grow, and run the project. Paul is an alum of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders program and now serves on the board. Paul holds a BSc from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources & Environment and received his Master’s from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He was raised in the Bay Area.
Senior Digital Manager
Kaitlin joined WCN in 2018 as the Digital Marketing Manager and has since expanded her role to Senior Digital Manager. At WCN, Kaitlin bridges her communications experience with her deep passion for wildlife and sustainable development. Kaitlin guides WCN’s digital marketing strategy including social media, website optimization, email marketing, and content development. Prior to WCN, Kaitlin has created digital engagement strategies to connect people to the causes and products they care about across a variety of sectors. She has a B.A. in International Development Studies from UCLA and an M.B.A. from CSU, Chico. When she’s not at work, Kaitlin loves traveling, exploring new restaurants, exercising, and spending time with her friends and family.
David has been fascinated with animals since childhood. He earned his B.A. in Film Studies and English from the University of California, Davis, learning valuable writing skills and how to tell great stories. He then moved to San Francisco, working for an independent film archive and then later joining the tech industry, where he spent many years learning how to manage projects, engaging with clients, and developing marketing experience. When his desire to help animals called to him again, he left tech and joined the nonprofit world at the San Francisco SPCA, until eventually finding WCN and being enamored by their mission. He brings all of his accrued skills to a team dedicated to protecting animals around the world, and when he’s not in the office, you might find him in a bookstore, on a hike, or in a karaoke lounge.
Director of Conservation Partnerships
Joyce is the Director of Conservation Partnerships at the Wildlife Conservation Network, where she oversees the expansion and resourcing of WCN’s portfolio of field conservation organizations. Joyce also manages external partnerships towards strategic initiatives that advance WCN’s conservation mission, working closely with corporate partners to develop meaningful and impactful cause marketing initiatives that benefit wildlife and the bottom line. In her earlier career, Joyce practiced law at Latham & Watkins LLP specializing in mergers & acquisitions in Silicon Valley. Joyce has a Master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University and serves on the board of Friends of the Urban Forest. During her free time, Joyce can usually be found hiking, camping, rock climbing, or in wine country.
Director of Donor Engagement
Kelly has been an avid animal lover all her life. After many years working in Environmental Education, her career path led her through the world of Zoos and Aquariums where she was inspired by those making a difference in the field of conservation. Kelly has a Masters of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management and enjoys using her knowledge to help those in the field. She feels fortunate to be able to put her skills and her passion for animals together in her role at WCN. When she is not at the office Kelly can be found enjoying the company of friends or at the park with her dog, Frank.