The CGBD secretariat is based out of the Presidio of San Francisco; they meet with NGO representatives at their request, at staff invitation, or CGBD member request. The secretariat does not recommend proposals or projects to members. It offers advice on and may suggest possible avenues for support.

Lynn Lohr
Lynn LohrExecutive Director
Lynn Lohr is serving her second tour of duty. During her first tenure 1999-2007, the Climate and Energy Funders Group (CEFG) was formed, the Gulf of California Funders Collaborative was launched, and the Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN) was instituted. Now she oversees the International Connections Committee, the Horizon Committee and is responsible for the planning process culminating in the CGBD Annual Members’ Meeting. Lynn recently facilitated sessions at the IUCN Quadrennial Congress in South Korea, the international meeting of the George Wright Society, and co-hosted funder briefings in Rio de Janeiro and Copenhagen.

From 2008-2011 at Fair Trade USA, Lynn enhanced the organization’s fundraising capacity, including capturing support for farmer cooperatives in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. She inspired a new children’s book, Roses for Isabella, published by Steiner Books.

Lynn’s other philanthropy related credits include positions with the Broad Reach Foundation, Consumers Union, and Mother Jones magazine.

Lynn spent 15 years in the professional theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where with her husband, playwright Lance Belville, she founded the History Theatre, dedicated to doing all new works based on social issues, history and folklore. As an actor, director and producer, she oversaw its growth to its present 599 seat home and received awards from the Twin Cities Drama Critics Circle and the American Association for State and Local History.

She graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of South Dakota and holds an M.A. in Community Arts Management, from the University of Illinois, in Springfield.

William Hull
William HullDeputy Director
As Deputy Director at the CGBD, Bill has primary responsibility for working with representatives of approximately 100 grantmaking institutions on global terrestrial and marine conservation issues. He staffs the Land & Freshwater Conservation Program, the Marine Conservation Program, and the Conservation Science Program. He also assists in planning and conducting briefings for grantmakers on a wide range of biodiversity conservation issues, including the CGBD Annual Meeting. Prior to joining the CGBD, Bill was a program manager at the Council of State Governments and held positions with the US government and the State of Utah. He has academic degrees in both natural resources management and business administration.
Paige Brown
Paige BrownCEFG Program Director
Paige Brown is the Program Director for the Climate and Energy Funders Group at The Consultative Group on Biological Diversity where she works with funders to facilitate collaboration and expand the field of climate and energy philanthropy. Paige Brown most recently served as the Senior Program Manager for the Natural Assets and Environmental Equity program at the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) where she focused on natural asset-based strategies that both improve environmental stewardship and promote economic development. Previously, she was the Climate Change Program Director at Redefining Progress (RP), where she led the successful effort to promote auctioning permits under trading, rather than giveaways. Before RP, Ms. Brown was a research analyst at the World Resources Institute, where she worked on incentive-based measures for biodiversity protection. Ms. Brown served as a lead author on an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on the role of forests and land use change in climate change, which led to her receiving a share of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
Amanda Hooker
Amanda HookerFunders of the Amazon Basin Program Manager
Most recently, Amanda received a dual M.A. in Latin American Studies and Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico. Before that, she spent four years in Colombia working with Peace Brigades International in human rights protection, then with Witness for Peace advocating for more just United States military and economic policy in the region. Her Master’s thesis research focused on the complex social and environmental effects of the North American mining industry in a Colombian Páramo, and considers community-driven governance alternatives to natural resource management, conservation and cultural preservation. In New Mexico, she worked alongside residents of a de facto colonia community facing predatory lending and dispossession.
Shauna O'Donnell
Shauna O'DonnellProgram Associate
Shauna O’Donnell hails originally from the island of O’ahu and now makes her home in the Bernal Heights district of San Francisco. Most recently, she served as development assistant for Corporate and Foundation Relations at the University of San Francisco. Prior to that she worked as a program associate with the Marine Microbiology Initiative at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. She also spent six years as managing editor and then editor of California Energy Markets, an independent business weekly devoted to covering energy policy and resource development for natural gas and electricity industries in California and the Southwest. She has an extensive background in nonprofit administration and earned her undergraduate degree at Bennington College and a Master’s in Environmental Studies from York University, Toronto.
Ellie Lanphier
Ellie LanphierCEFG Program Outreach Associate
Ellie Lanphier is the program outreach associate for the Climate and Energy Funders Group. She coordinates the Powering the Future Workgroup and the Energy Efficiency Workgroup. Ellie joins CGBD after working to cultivate collaboration in the philanthropic sector with RSF Social Finance. Prior, she worked in New Mexico as the Community Outreach Coordinator at a local cooperative and spent a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Ellie values the role of “convener,” and hopes to bring her appreciation for connecting people and facilitating their good work to her new role at CGBD. Ellie obtained a BAS in Strategic Communication and a BA in Spanish Language and Culture from The Ohio State University.
Albert Buixadé Farré
Albert Buixadé FarréBusiness Manager
Albert holds a BA in Business Administration, is a Certified Public Accountant, and has recently graduated with a master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. As a management and administration professional, he worked for over three years in public accounting providing auditing and tax services to numerous non-profit organizations. He also worked in corporate governance, investment management, and organizational development. As an international relations practitioner his focus was to develop and synthesize an understanding of the interdependencies of economic development, international politics, energy, human rights, and environment, with the purpose of shaping better policymaking and resource allocation. 
Gerald Reese
Gerald ReeseCommunications & IT Specialist
Gerald until recently concurrently worked as the facility manager/ webmaster at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. He also spent several years as the webmaster at the Oakland Museum of California, as well as time with the City of Oakland. Prior to becoming interested in technology, Gerald had an over 20 year career in professional theater, including serving as the production manager for the University of Delaware’s Professional Theater Training Program. He has a BA in Theater/Film production from Columbia College Chicago, and has done graduate work in Media Studies. Gerald is also an accomplished musician who performs in the area.