Mangrove Action Project operates with the support of many hard-working groups and individuals from a diverse background of volunteerism at an international scale, including human rights and environmental organizations. Our dedicated and experienced Board of Directors guides MAP, managing and conducting the affairs and business of the organization. The Board is composed of 5-11 members, including a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. Officers of the board serve for a renewable three-year term, and any new members are nominated and elected by the board itself; officers serve a renewable one-year term.
A small group of staff run our regional offices and manage local projects and campaigns. Most of the staff is centered in our Port Angeles, WA, USA office, including the executive director. Together, MAP’s staff collectively brings experience of environmental and human rights advocacy, labor law, sustainable development, organizational and project management, and artistic enterprise, just to highlight a few of the skills in the staff arsenal. Although not officially staff, MAP also works with volunteers and interns worldwide to accomplish our goals.
In order to remain small, MAP has developed partnerships with Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), academics, and others working in the mangrove regions of the world. This enables our organization to build the capacity of local organizations rather than enlarging MAP itself. The individuals and organizations involved in these partnerships also act as advisors to MAP, keeping us up to date on affairs on the ground and providing input on new initiatives and strategies to enhance mangrove conservation and rehabilitation. A crucial network, our advisors allow MAP to be present in many places at once without overextending our resources.
For a complete list of our international staff, click here.
Alfredo Quarto, Executive Director and Co-founder, is a veteran campaigner with over 35 years of experience in organizing and writing on the environment and human rights issues. Formerly an aerospace engineer, his experiences range over many countries and several environmental organizations, with a long-term focus on forestry, indigenous cultures, and human rights. Prior to MAP, he was the executive director of the Ancient Forest Chautauqua, a multimedia traveling forum with events in 30 West Coast cities on behalf of old-growth forests and indigenous dwellers. Alfredo has published numerous popular articles, book chapters, and conference papers on mangrove forest ecology, community-managed sustainable development, and shrimp aquaculture. He lives on a small, organic farm in Port Angeles, Washington and is conversant in Spanish.
Sara Lavenhar, MAP Seattle Office Mgr./Outreach Coordinator (Part-time), is a recent graduate of Columbia University with a degree in environmental science and sustainable development. She previously interned on MAP’s QYS campaign. During college she researched microbial communities in rooftop farms and acted as project manager for a real-world client investigating options to expand a compost business for an organic farm in New York State. Most recently she worked on educational programming for Oxbow Organic Farm in Carnation, WA, teaching children about where their food comes from.
Leo Thom, MAP visual communication, gained a first class degree and then a diploma in Landscape Architecture and went onto teach Landscape Architecture for 4 years at Kingston University London whilst always focusing and experimenting with different forms of visual communication including moving image. Having co-founded an award winning design studio, Room60, he now spends most time working on a variety of environmental projects around the tropics. firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers and Interns
Part-time summer intern, born and raised as an East Coast seafood eater and recent graduate of St. John’s University. Currently, she is pursuing a Masters of Public Administration degree in International Health Policy & Management from New York University. Previously, she has worked in communications and development departments with a range of not-for-profit organizations. With the QYS campaign, she focuses on countries effected by the deconstruction of mangroves and how shrimp farms effect local communities.
Hi there! I’m MacKenzie Martin, a student at Evergreen State College pursuing an Environmental Law degree. I’m interning at Mangrove Action Project to find more information about international shrimp farming policy and how the destruction of mangroves affects every person in the world. It is imperative that us at MAP are educating those around us the issues with shrimp farming and how important mangroves are to the sustaining ecosystems. With the relaunch of the campaign to educate Seattle and our state on environmental sustainability in which mangroves provides, it is exciting to be working with the minds of passionate people here at MAP. I am excited to be involved in the campaign “Question Your Shrimp” to see all the local and national change we can make. Cheers!
Becky Sessa has volunteered with other Seattle Nonprofits and is currently an After-school Program Planner at a local school. She has mainly conducted research for Mangrove Action Project and will broaden to Event Planning this summer. She studied Cultural Anthropology at Western Washington University and received her BA. She took courses which centered on food security and since then she has had a passion for human rights through land conservation and management. In her spare time she studies agriculture, cooks and eats a lot, so she must hike as well. She is thrilled to work with MAP since it unites her many interests.