Board of Directors

Linda Craig, President

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. Linda volunteers with Bravo Youth Orchestra, Portland Homeless Family Solutions, Oregon Clean Power Cooperative, and Audubon Society of Portland.

Beth Robertson-Martin, Vice President

Beth Robertson-Martin leads the organic and non-GMO sourcing group at General Mills with a particular focus on developing deep industry relationships to create new alliances and break down barriers. She has extensive experience building strong relationships with suppliers, manufacturers and farmers. Her commitment to creating a more sustainable food system stems from her early years of growing up in a farming family in Southeastern Missouri. Prior to joining GMI in 2012, Beth led sustainable sourcing groups in the furniture and apparel industry. Before moving into procurement, Beth developed risk management strategies and portfolio management techniques in the financial industry. She has a Bachelor of Science in Econometrics and a Master of Science in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.

Logan Lauvray, Treasurer

Green Space Manager at Friends of Trees, a non-profit that whose mission is to bring people together to plant and care for city trees and green spaces in Pacific Northwest communities. In addition to over a half million trees and native shrubs that Friends of Trees has planted, they have installed habitat for pollinators on school grounds and parks throughout the Portland Metro area. Logan also volunteers with Cascadia Wild.

Sacha H. Spector, Secretary

Program Director for the Environment, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History. Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology. Sacha has written many scientific and popular articles on invertebrate conservation and worked with the International Union for Conservation of Nature as the Scarab Beetle Red List Authority.

Lisa Bertelson

Lisa Bertelson, Director

Lisa’s background is in public policy; she worked in Washington, D.C. for eight years. She held a variety of roles in the Obama administration at the United States Department of Agriculture from 2011-2016, including serving as a special advisor to former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Since moving to Seattle in 2016, she has continued to be engaged in the food, agriculture, and conservation communities locally. She has also been a beach naturalist with the Seattle Aquarium since 2017. Lisa earned her B.A. in political science and German from Southern Illinois University in 2005, and she earned her Masters of Science in environment and development from the London School of Economics in 2010. Prior to joining the Xerces Society’s Board of Directors, she consulted for Xerces on the 2018 Farm Bill.

David Frazee Johnson, Director

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.

Casey Sclar, Director

Casey is the Executive Director of the American Public Gardens Association. Their team connects, protects, and champions over 600 gardens, reaching well over 100 million people per year. His work experience in horticulture and plant science spans over three decades. Prior to Association service, he spent 15 years at Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square, PA) directing integrated pest management, soils and composting, land stewardship, and other sustainability programs. He holds a B.S. degree in horticulture from Cal Poly State Univ., San Luis Obispo, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in entomology from Colorado State University, and received the American Public Gardens Association’s Professional Citation in 2011 for outstanding achievements in public horticulture.

Marla Spivak, Ph.D, Director

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.

Rachael Winfree, Ph.D, Director

Rachael Winfree is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Her research interests include (1) how pollinators and the pollination services they provide are affected by global change, (2) the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem services, (3) plant-pollinator networks, and (4) pollinator conservation and restoration. Her work has been funded primarily by the National Science Foundation and USDA-AFRI, and has been published in leading scientific journals including PNAS, Science, Ecology Letters, Ecology, and Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Rachael’s research has also been featured in the popular media such as Nature (commentary), Audubon magazine, National Wildlife magazine, Science News, The Scientist, and National Public Radio (NPR). Rachael received her Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University in 2001 and her B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1990. Prior to joining the Board of Directors, Rachael served as a scientific advisor to the Xerces Society.

Scientific Advisors

  • May R. Berenbaum
  • Paul R. Ehrlich
  • Wendell Gilgert
  • Boris Kondratieff
  • Claire Kremen
  • John Losey
  • Thomas Lovejoy
  • Scott E. Miller
  • Gary Paul Nabhan
  • Piotr Naskrecki
  • Karen Oberhauser
  • Paul A. Opler
  • Dennis Paulson
  • Robert Michael Pyle
  • Michael Samways
  • Cheryl Schultz
  • Robbin Thorp
  • Paul Williams
  • E.O. Wilson