Team

Eliot Logan-Hines
Executive Director

Eliot has worked for over six years in the non-profit sector in Latin America. Prior to working with Runa Foundation, Eliot served as Executive Director of Finca Project, a reforestation and environmental education initiative in Costa Rica. He has worked as an environmental consultant and advisor to climate change negotiations at the United Nations. Eliot received his masters degree in environmental management from Yale University where he studied tropical forestry and conservation finance. Eliot brings to Runa his expertise in agricultural cooperative development, tropical forestry, and non-profit management. He is a professional adventurer and a good cook.


Ian Cummins
Landscapes Program Director

Ian joins the Runa team after working for the last two years in Indonesia doing conservation, concession valuation, sustainable supply chain mapping and REDD+ development. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies specializing in GIS, remote sensing and tropical forest management and has prior work and research experience in Honduras and the Peruvian Amazon. Ian likes to argue politics, make maps and play soccer.


Raine Donohue
Program Manager

Raine started as an intern with Runa Foundation in the winter of 2014 and has since been directing Runa Foundation’s Fair Trade activities with guayusa producer cooperatives, as well as working with indigenous communities in the creation of sustainable enterprises, and of course helping out to guide and support Runa’s intern and volunteer program. Though she grew up in Montana, and loves going home, she enjoys the excitement, the unexpected, and the “go with the flow” attitude that comes with living and working in the Amazon. She attended Seattle University and has a B.A. in International and Environmental Studies. Raine lives in Tena and in her free time she loves to travel, play soccer, read, and is always down to dance.


Sydney Nilan
Program Director

Sydney works with Runa Foundation and partner organization Rios Nete launching our activities in the Peruvian Amazon.  Sydney has spent much of the last 7 years working and travelling throughout Latin America. She has worked as an independent consultant in Mexico and Guatemala, and travelled throughout the continent carrying out community development projects in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Bolivia. She received her Master’s in Development Practice from the University of Florida, where she was President and Fellow of the Tropical Conservation and Development program. She is way better at cooking than Eliot and also likes to read books and listen to music.


Carlos Tunay
Fair Trade Coordinator

Carlos is a Kichwa local from the community of Tambayaku.  Carlos is studying to recieve his Bachelors in Business and working with the Foundation.  In his free time Carlos loves to play Ecua-volleyball and Basketball. Carlos is fluent in both Kichwa and Spanish. His father is a member of a guayusa cooperative and he still holds to the cultural traditions of drinking guayusa tea in the early hours of the morning with his family.


Juan Leonidas Narvaez Andy
Local Community Coordinator

Prior to joining Runa, Leonidas worked for the Ministry of Environment as a guide and forest ranger. During that time he summited Sumaco Volcano a number of times often leading tour groups. Leonidas is fluent in both Spanish and Kichwa and is currently learning English. He is a true forest expert with extensive knowledge of the plants, animals and landscape that makes up the Napo-Galeras region. He is currently working to implement a number of activities including the creation of new agroforestry value chains, eco-tourism development, participatory wildlife monitoring and sustainable forest management in his home community of Mushullacta.


Felix Narvaez
Field Technician

Felix is a primary school teacher from Mushullacta-community, which is a part of Kichwa-town called Rucullacta. After working as an intern for 3 months, he started to work full-time for foundation in April 2016. In Runa, Felix works as a field technician and takes care of the logistics and practical arrangements in community meetings. On his free time, Felix enjoys swimming in the river and cycling through the spectacular views of the Amazon.


Daniel Enrique Dahua Illanes
Local Community Coordinator

Daniel is the newest addition to our team, having joined Runa in February of 2016. He lives in the Kichwa community of Puni Kotona, where he is working to promote sustainable forest management and to create new value for crops found in agroforestry systems with members of his community. When not working with Runa, Daniel serves the community as a substitute teacher and as a singer/songwriter of Amazonian Kichwa music.


Carmen Tanguila
Office Assistant

Carmen is Kichwa local from Napo province. She speaks fluent Kichwa and Spanish. Carmen works for Runa fundation part-time. On her free time she enjoys playing football, traditional dancing, singing and running. For Carmen, the best experience in working with Runa is to work with different communities, since it gives her valuable experience for future studies. She also enjoys Kichwa traditions of making Guayusa and Chicha, a fermented drink made from yucca and palm-tree.


Board of Directors

Tyler Gage
President
  • CEO of Runa LLC & Co-Founder of RUNA
  • 9 years experience working with indigenous Amazonian communities
  • Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur
  • BA from Brown University, Honors Graduate

Dan Maccombie
Vice President
  • Co-Founder of RUNA
  • Forbes 30 under 30 Entrepreneur
  • Serves on 3 non-profit boards focusing on community development and advocacy.
  • BA from Brown University in Marine Biology

Mirko Serkovic
Vice President
  • Climate Change negotiator for Peru Ministry of Environment 2014-Present
  • Fund Manager, BioCarbon Fund at The World Bank 2010-2014
  • MA from Yale University in Environmental Management

Andy Gavilanes
Treasurer
  • Program Manager, Global Citizen Year
  • MA from School of International Training (SIT)
  • Ecuador Peace Corps Trainer – National Resource Conservation 2008 – 2010
  • Peace Corps Volunteer – Guinea 2002 – 2004

 


Robin Fink
Secretary
  • Program Director, Jungle Mamas, Pachamama Alliance 2009 –present
  • Professional indigenous public health promoter issues and activist for gender equality.
  • BA from Reed College

Advisors

LUKE WEIL
  • Managing Partner of Andina Acquisition Corporation since 2012
  • Board Chair and Co-Founder of Rios Nete
  • Board Chair and Founder of the Long Island Marine Purification Initiative (LIMPIA)
  • BA from Brown University; MBA from Columbia Business School

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Yolanda Kakabadse
  • President of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) since 2010
  • Ecuador’s Minister of Environment (1998-2000)
  • President of IUCN (1996-2004)
  • Trustee of the Ford Foundation
  • Expert in conservation and nonprofit development

Ann Veneman
  • Executive Director of UNICEF (2005-2010)
  • US Secretary of Agriculture (2001-2005)
  • Named 46th most powerful woman by Forbes in 2009.
  • Expert in international trade and agriculture.

Doug Hattaway
  • President of Hattaway Communication since 2001
  • Senior Communications Adviser for Hilary Clinton 2008
  • Communications Director for Tom Daschle 2001
  • Expert in communications and public relations.

Michael Conroy
  • Board Chair of Forest Stewardship Council since 2010
  • Board Chair of Fair Trade USA (2003-2010)
  • Lecturer at Oxford, Yale, and University of Texas
  • Expert in certification systems.

Jacob Olander
  • Director of Forest Trends’ Incubator since 2008
  • Co-founder of EcoDecisión since 1995
  • Expert in conservation finance and payments for ecosystem services.

Florencia Montagnini
  • Professor of Tropical Forestry at Yale University since 2001.
  • Professor and director of researcher at CATIE 1997-2001.
  • Research advisor to the Smithsonian Institute’s PRORENA program since 2001.
  • Expert in tropical forestry and agroforesty systems.

Partners

Partners

ADA

ChromaDex

GCY

Ministry AG

Ministry Coor

Ministry ME

Pro World

uoFP

USFQ

Funders

FORMIN

CAF

GIZ

Hampshire

IICA

MAC

Mulango

RAN

Rufford

US AID