Board of Directors
Richard D. Spight
Dick graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Fish and Wildlife. He is now semi-retired from a career in communications and development. His long held belief is that uncontrolled human population growth will be the end of many species of wildlife. This belief led him to focus on islands where habitats can make all the difference. His focus is primarily on fundraising for the Foundation.
Eddie is the co-owner and lead naturalist of a natural history company called Nature Trip, and past owner and president of Affinitel Communications. He is actively involved with many natural history and science based institutions including the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, Golden Gate Audubon Society, California Academy of Sciences, and is Vice-president of Yerba Buena Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Eddie is inspired by the important work of the Farallon Islands Foundation and looks forward to furthering these efforts in the future.
Jerry H. Daniel
Jerry graduated from the University of Tennessee in Engineering, and spent more that 40 years working in the space, nuclear, and energy fields. His island interest started with helping supply the Farallon Islands research station. He is especially interested in removal of non-endemic species and improvement of island habitat.
Kelsey M. Fitzgerald
Kelsey has an undergraduate degree in biology and spent ten years after college working on wildlife biology, conservation and environmental restoration projects around the US. A season spent on the Big Island in Hawaii working with the endangered Hawaiian crow sparked her interest in island conservation, and she has since had the good fortune to visit several other incredible island ecosystems, including Dominica and Madagascar. In 2015, Kelsey completed a Master's degree in Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. At present, she works for the Desert Research Institute in Reno, NV.
Judith A. Fortney
A graduate of London University and Duke University, Judith has spent more than 30 years working in international public health. A demographer by training, she has a long standing interest in the impact of population growth on the environment and species extinction. Judith’s main interest in islands is the impact of restoration and maintenance of habitat on birdlife. She is responsible for the Foundation’s investments.
Robert A. Lewis
A graduate of Carnegie Institute of Technology and Princeton University in Organic Chemistry, Bob spent over 30 years working in the energy field in the US and Europe. He has been interested in birds and bird conservation since the '70s, and has been an adult education instructor in these areas since the early '90s. Travel to island locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska and Hawaii served to reinforce Bob’s perception of the uniqueness and vulnerability of island eco-systems, and the accelerating need to preserve them..