RALPH BENSON is co-founder of the Chile California Conservation Network. Over his career he served as executive director of the Sonoma Land Trust (2003-2015) where he led the organization through a period of exceptional, financially solid growth with major enduring land conservation achievements on the Sonoma Coast, San Pablo Bay and throughout Sonoma County; and as general counsel, executive vice president and chief operating officer of The Trust for Public Land (1979-2003) where he played a leading role in building TPL into one of America’s premier land conservation organizations focusing on land for people. Earlier in his career Ralph was a land use attorney in Southern California. He has degrees from Occidental College, UCLA and the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. Ralph lives in Berkeley, California.

TOMÁS McKAY,  is a Chilean architect & landscape architect, currently lecturing at the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley. Tomas arrived to the Bay Area of San Francisco as a Visiting Scholar to the Center of Latin American Studies in 2013 to research the processes and policies that have led to the recovery and conservation of the Bay Area’s wetlands. After his studies of Environmental Planning at UC Berkeley - besides his own practice - Tomas has been focused in bridging experiences between Chile and California, mostly related with conservation, Mediterranean climate ecosystems and urban planning, throughout private and public institutions.

DIEGO TABILO is the Executive Director of Fundación Tierra Austral and the Chile Liaison for the Chile Californian Conservation Network.  He studied Natural Resources Engineering at Universidad de Chile. He has worked as an environmental consultant for several private and public organizations in diverse topics such as rural irrigation, compliance of environmental measures in the industry, flora baselines and policies for invasive species management. His most recent job was in the field of invasive species management in the US NGO Island Conservation, assisting in several control and eradication campaigns and stakeholder’s engagement plans in ecologically relevant islands in Chile. At Tierra Austral, Diego is implementing a comprehensive range of programs and institutional functions to advance private land conservation in Chile.



DAVID TECKLIN is a Senior Advisor for the Pew Charitable Trusts' initiative in Chilean Patagonia, and works as a Research Associate at the Austral University's Center for Environmental Studies in Valdivia.  He is a co-founder of the Chile California Conservation Network. He established the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Chile program and directed this from 2000-2007. His work in Chile has centered on temperate rainforests and coastal-marine conservation, including support for the creation and stewardship of public, private, and indigenous protected areas, community-based conservation, and constituency and coalition building, as well as strategies to reduce the environmental impacts of the salmon aquaculture and timber industries. He has contributed to numerous articles, technical reports, and books on conservation issues in Chile. He holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Arizona, an MA from UC Berkeley and a BA from Swarthmore College.


VICTORIA ALONSO is a partner at Templado, a land planning and policy consulting company in Santiago, Chile. She is also the president of Tierra Austral, one of the first Chilean land trust dedicated to protect private lands conservation in Chile. Victoria previously served as the Private Lands Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy’s Southern Andes Office. She was instrumental in launching the Chilean Private Lands Initiative, which has formulated and created enabling legislation for conservation easements in Chile, the Derecho Real de Conservacion. Victoria has also worked for the Chilean Environmental Agency CONAMA, where in 2004 she obtained approval of the Chilean National Biodiversity Strategy. She received her MSc in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh, and she lives in Santiago.


ROBERTO PERALTA is a Chilean born in Paris, France. He studied at the University of Chile, UCLA & Harvard University. Roberto is a Chilean and New York Attorney, based in Chile with his practice focused on non-profits, B Corporations, private conservation, corporate social responsibility, international transactions and business law. Roberto also lectures at The Catholic University of Chile, University of Chile and University Alberto Hurtado. He is a member of the Chilean Presidential Council for Citizenship Participation (Ministry of Government) and of the Social Donations Council (Ministry of Social Development). Roberto is also a member of the public policy committee in of the Social Organizations Community, actively involved in amending all tax legislation dealing with non-profits and in enacting the "Derecho Real de Conservación.”


LISA MICHELI is President & CEO of the Pepperwood Foundation which operates the Pepperwood Preserve in Sonoma County. Dr. Micheli holds degrees from Harvard College, Cambridge University and UC Berkeley and has over 25 years experience applying her technical, policy, and fundraising expertise to the design and implementation of ecological restoration, research and education programs.  She completed her graduate studies at UC Berkeley as a NASA Earth Systems Research Fellow in 2000 and now focuses her research on relationships between watershed health and biodiversity.  She is the co-chair of Pepperwood’s Terrestrial Biodiversity Climate Change Collaborative (TBC3), a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Bay Area climate adaptation research initiative. 


FRANCISCO (“PANCHO”) SOLIS is the Project Director of the Chilean Patagonia Program of the Pew Charitable Trusts. He has been working to help protect the biodiversity and natural beauty of his native Chile since 2000. A lawyer by training and conservationist by passion, Francisco is a long-time advocate of conservation in Chile. In 2003, he was awarded a Paul Getty Wildlife Conservation Prize while working as part of the Coastal Range Coalition protecting southern Chile temperate forests. His career also includes helping to create the 147,000-acre Valdivian Coastal Reserve, which protects southern Chile’s temperate rainforest. He later became manager of this emblematic project. In 2008, Francisco moved to Santiago to developing and implementing high-leverage conservation strategies, cultivating and maintaining relationships to bridge the private and public sectors, identifying and pursuing conservation opportunities and, above all, contributing to the welfare of Chile’s natural heritage. In that capacity, he was instrumental to create the 59,305 acres Alerce Costero National Park. He also works with legislators and partners in Chile on advancing legislation and incentives for private lands conservation in the country. These efforts were crowded in July 2016, by the passage of the Derecho Real de Conservación bill. This law is a major achievement and innovation to make possible long lasting conservation. Currently, he´s a consultant --for both national and international non-profit organizations— to advance conservation --both marine and terrestrial-- in places such as Valdivia, Easter Island and Patagonia. His pre-conservationist career includes working as a baker in a nature preserve, chef in a Japanese restaurant, a government legal advisor, a labor law instructor and a mountaineering guide. Francisco is also an avid photographer.


LAURA JOHNSON is a life-long conservationist with more than 30 years experience in nonprofit management. She is currently the director of the new International Land Conservation Network (ILCN) housed at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge Massachusetts. Laura is past president of Mass Audubon where she spent 14 years leading the country’s largest independent state Audubon organization. Prior to joining Mass Audubon, she worked for 16 years at The Nature Conservancy working both as a lawyer and in positions including Massachusetts state director and northeast region vice president. Laura is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Land Trust Alliance. She is also an Overseer of WGBH, on the Board of Advisors of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), on the Board of Visitors of Mount Auburn Cemetery, and a Corporation member of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Laura served for 8 years as a founding member of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Stewardship Council.


LOVELL S. “TU” JARVIS is Chairman of the Chile-California Council; UC Davis Professor, and Director of the Richard Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Davis. He received a B.A in economics with the highest distinction from the University of Kansas in 1964 where he is originally from, and a Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1969. Jarvis taught economics at UC Berkeley from 1969 to 1983, and worked as an international consultant before becoming a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis, in 1984. He was Divisional Associate Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, 1999-2009. Jarvis conducts research on many subjects including the historical development of Chile's agricultural sector, including the effect of its land and economic reforms. He has consulted extensively for the U.S. government, international agencies such as the World Bank, foreign governments and private firms and is the recipient of grants and awards from NSF, USDA, the Fulbright Foundation and the Social Science Research Council. He has published five books and more than 130 professional journal articles and major reports.


SAM SCHUCHAT became Executive Officer of the Coastal Conservancy in July 2001. He serves on the boards of the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority, the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, and the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission. He served on the California Fish and Game Commission from 1999 to 2004 including two years as Vice-President. From 1992 to 1998 he was the Executive Director of the California League of Conservation Voters. Mr. Schuchat has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Williams College and a Master of Public Administration from San Francisco State University.