GAIA's Coordination Team
Rhoda David is the Operations Coordinator for Asia-Pacific and handles administration and finance matters. She holds a degree in business administration with a major in accounting. She has over 30 years of experience in the fields of human resource, administration and finance, and has worked with various NGOs working on issues related to family development and youth organizing, urban poor housing and agriculture. Rhoda is based in GAIA's office in Quezon City.
Magdalena Donoso co-coordinates GAIA in Latin America. She has worked as a journalist with several Chilean NGOs supporting educational, forestry and biodiversity programs. She has also worked for a Latin American Project at Television Trust for the Environment (UK). Among others, she brings to GAIA her experience writing reports on environmental issues for local and national media. Magdalena has been working with wastepickers for the last 3 years. She is based in Concepción, Chile.
Eduardo Giesen co-coordinates GAIA's anti-incineration and climate campaigns in Latin-America and the Caribbean. He is an electrical engineer by profession and had masters studies in Public Policies. He brings to GAIA several years of environmental management service with the government, and experience as independent consultant and environmental activist specializing in energy and climate issues. He was the Latin-American Climate Justice Coordinator of Friends of the Earth International before joining GAIA. Eduardo is based in Santiago, Chile.
Christie Keith is GAIA's International Co-Coordinator. She has many years of experience in social justice activism and non-profit management, including seven years as a popular educator, program coordinator, and strategic planner in Guatemala. Part of her heart will always reside in the Selva Lacandona, where she worked with refugees from the Guatemalan civil war. She is based in GAIA's Berkeley, U.S. office.
Anne Larracas is a senior program officer for Asia-Pacific and helps coordinate GAIA's campaigns in the region. She also supervises membership support and handles general inquiries from the public. Anne started her environmental activism in college and has worked on protected area and biodiversity conservation, and as a youth and community educator. She is a teacher by profession and loves birdwatching and photography. Anne is based in GAIA's Quezon City office in the Philippines.
Paeng Lopez coordinates GAIA's waste-related campaigns in the Philippines. He has a degree in Philosophy and Civil Law. He has been in the environmental movement since his college days, and had worked as youth convenor, community organizer, project coordinator, and researcher for various conservation organizations since. He is a licensed open sea diver and a long-time backpacker. Paeng has just discovered the joy of composting and backyard farming in Laguna, south of Manila, where he is based.
Leslie Ann Minot, Development Director, joined GAIA's staff in 2010 after consulting with GAIA for two years on grants. She has been fundraising since 1996 for international, national, and local human and civil rights, LGBT, health, environmental, and youth organizations and projects. She has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from U.C. Berkeley and is also a poet, with publications in qarrtsiluni, New Letters, The Red Rock Review, and The Chicago Review, among others.
Dharmesh Shah is GAIA's Climate and Waste Picker Coordinator in India. He represents GAIA at the Alliance of Indian Wastepickers (AIW) which is a growing coalition of Indian Waste Picker groups. He provides technical, legal and media support to communities fighting unsustainable waste management projects. He is closely associated with the Indian environmental justice movement for the past 6 years through the Bhopal struggle and has worked with other pollution impacted communities across India.
Joan Marc Simon coordinates European regional campaigns and activities. He follows relevant European Union legislation and facilitates the exchange of best practices. He has 10 years of experience working with non-governmental organizations in the field of good governance, social justice and environment. Joan Marc is fluent in Catalan, Spanish, English, French and German, and has some knowledge of Italian and Arabic. He is based in GAIA's Brussels, Belgium office.
Ananda Lee Tan is GAIA's US and Canada Regional Coordinator. Ananda has been an activist, organizer and rebel-rouser for over two decades, working on anti-war, forestry, agriculture, climate, energy, trade and labor justice campaigns around the world. During this time he also planted trees and organized labor unions. Ananda is based in GAIA's Berkeley office.
Burr Tyler is the Publications Coordinator for GAIA. She has a Masters degree in Education and worked for several years in educational research and evaluation in multiple subjects including consumerism and energy and resource conservation. She works part-time in GAIA's Berkeley US office, and she speaks some French and Spanish.
Mariel Vilella is GAIA's Climate Policy Campaigner. She worked as an environmental justice researcher and campaign coordinator, notably in genetics, food sovereignty, and climate justice around Europe. She has an academic background in Sociology and Communication Studies, and has broad experience as a filmmaker, editor and publications coordinator. Based in Barcelona, her community activism includes being an active member of a consensus-based food co-op in a local social centre.
Shalimar Vitan became GAIA's Asia Pacific Coordinator in May of 2012 after serving as the East Asia Campaigns Coordinator for Oxfam International. She has worked on economic development issues relating to food security, disaster management, international trade in agriculture, coastal resource management, gender equity, and climate change. Shally is based in Quezon City in the Philippines.
Monica Wilson is GAIA's US and Canada Program Director. She has worked with GAIA since 2002, and served five years as GAIA's International Co-Coordinator. Monica serves on the board of the Grassroots Recycling Network, was previously on the board of the Northern California Recycling Association, and is a master composter. In 2012 she was honored to be named by the California Resource Recovery Association as "Recycler of the Year" together with GAIA's US & Canada Program, for achievement in the field. Monica is based in GAIA's Berkeley, U.S. office.