The Windward Fund provides a platform for donors committed to building a stronger conservation movement to learn from each other, forge relationships with peers and experts, and collaborate efficiently to make the most of their resources. Windward is managed by staff with deep experience in conservation, climate change, and food systems policy, advocacy, and programs both domestically and abroad. Its staff have a wide network of relationships among conservation donors and nonprofits, and can facilitate convenings to connect like-minded practitioners and help them better work toward our shared goals of protecting our planet and its inhabitants.
Windward is overseen by an independent board of directors that has extensive experience in philanthropy, nonprofit management, and environmental issues.
Andrew manages Windward’s legal affairs, and has over 15 years of experience in a broad cross-section of tax, legislative, and regulatory issues, including tax-exempt organizations, charitable giving, fiscal sponsorship, lobbying, political activity, and international grant making. He is a graduate of the College of Wooster and has a JD from the George Washington University Law School. He is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars.
Jessica helps donors and social entrepreneurs turn their philanthropic visions into reality by implementing innovative donor collaboratives, campaigns, and grant-making initiatives. As a social entrepreneur and consultant, she has developed extensive expertise in the strategy and practice of fiscal sponsorship. Jessica holds a BA in the humanities from the New College of California.
Chris oversees the work of Arabella Advisors’ Managed Organizations team, which is responsible for the management of several nonprofits, including the Windward Fund. Chris helps donors and social entrepreneurs turn their philanthropic visions into reality by implementing a range of innovative initiatives. Chris has a BS in business administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Ryan provides strategy, evaluation, and project implementation guidance to a variety of Windward projects. He has worked primarily with family and institutional clients to develop philanthropic strategies related to climate change mitigation and adaptation, clean energy, and ecological conservation and restoration. He holds an MA in social science from the University of Chicago and a BA in history from Purdue University.
JM oversees a portfolio of environment- and conservation-related projects hosted by the Windward Fund. He supports institutional foundations in implementing grant-making funds, establishing donor collaboratives, and incubating projects. JM has years of experience working in conservation, operations, and with fiscally sponsored projects. He previously worked for Climate Policy Initiative and Sierra Club.
Stephen helps institutional foundations and philanthropists implement grant-making funds, establish donor collaboratives, and incubate new projects. Stephen’s portfolio contains a wide range of both domestic and international projects, primarily focused on conservation, environmental, and food security issues. Stephen holds a BA in political science and geography from the University of Iowa and an MPA from DePaul University’s School of Public Service.
Lee is the president of the New Venture Fund (NVF), and brings more than 20 years of experience incubating and launching innovative partnerships with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors related to climate and conservation. He previously served as a managing director at Arabella Advisors, leading its engagement with NVF and many national nonprofit organizations that Arabella has managed. Lee has a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Georgetown University.
Harry is managing partner of North Shore Realty Partners, a diversified real estate investment platform for family offices. A lifelong advocate for the preservation of land and sensible environmental policy, Harry has served as founder and trustee of numerous environmental nonprofits. Harry has a BA, summa cum laude, from Middlebury College and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Chuck is the founder and senior counselor of Island Press, a leading nonprofit media company, where he was president and CEO until May 2016. Chuck’s work at Island Press focused on a wide range of issues, including sustainability, urban transformation, biodiversity protection, climate, and food systems. In addition to his duties as treasurer, Chuck draws on his strategic communication skills to spread the word about Windward’s work and support a body of progressive philanthropy.
Kristen Grimm is the founder and president of Spitfire Strategies. She has extensive experience conceiving, implementing, and managing smart strategies that create lasting social change. Kristen has helped hundreds of nonprofits and foundations around the world develop winning communication and campaign strategies to spur action on some of today’s most pressing problems. She has reformed, reframed, and reimagined critical issues ranging from reproductive health, human rights, education, and environmental issues, including climate change.
As Chief Program Officer at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Aileen leads strategy for the Environmental Conservation Program, which protects critical ecosystems and balance long-term conservation with sustainable use. Prior to joining the foundation, Aileen was an associate principal at McKinsey & Company, where she led client engagements in strategy, operations, and organizational effectiveness across a wide range of sectors. She previously served as chair of the board of the Environmental Grantmakers Association.
Bruce joined Arabella Advisors as a principal and senior managing director after spending 20 years building and leading for-profit and nonprofit ventures, many in conservation. He served for 13 years as a senior manager at The Nature Conservancy, where he led the Illinois Program, the Upper Mississippi River Project, and the four-continent Great Rivers Partnership. Bruce serves on the boards of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, the Morrison Family Foundation, Donors Forum of Illinois, and his own family’s foundation.
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