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Jacqueline Kehoe

Jacqueline Kehoe is a freelance writer and photographer whose work focuses on citizen conservation and public lands. She has been published in National Geographic, Sierra, Lonely Planet, and more.

Laura Fernandez

Laura is a Latina immigrant from Colombia, passionate about grassroots work to support communities and the environment. She manages Prize winner outreach through grantmaking and networking, and coordinates security for Prize winners. Laura has worked internationally and brings extensive climate and environmental nonprofit experience in philanthropy and civil society advocacy spaces. Prior to joining the…

Paige Smith

Paige Smith is a content marketing writer who covers everything from culture and health to business and finance.

Yolanda Kakabadse

A member of the Jury since 2009, Yolanda Kakabadse’s distinguished career in conservation and international development spans civil society, government, and the private sector. Her career in the environment began as the executive director of Fundación Natura in Ecuador (1979 – 1990), where she led the organization to become one of Latin America’s most important…

Wanjira Mathai

A member of the Jury since 2019, Wanjira Mathai has over 20 years of experience advocating for social and environmental change on both local and international platforms. She is currently the vice president and regional director for Africa at the World Resources Institute (WRI), and previously served as co-chair of WRI’s Global Restoration Council and…

Alvaro Umaña

A member of the Jury since 1991, Alvaro Umaña’s international career spans academia, government, philanthropy, and NGOs. As Costa Rica’s first Minister of Environment (1986-1990), under President Oscar Arias, he was internationally recognized for his pathbreaking contribution to conservation, including the implementation of innovative financial instruments like debt-for-nature swaps. Dr. Umaña created the National Biodiversity…

Susan R. Gelman

Susie Gelman is a vice president of the Goldman Environmental Foundation. She is president and managing director of The Morningstar Foundation, a private family foundation based in Bethesda, Maryland. She also chairs the board of the Israel Policy Forum, an organization that has existed since 1993 to advance and promote the two-state solution to the…

John D. Goldman

John Goldman is a civic volunteer, active in various philanthropic and community organizations following his business and government career. A passionate advocate for the environment, he is the current President of the Goldman Environmental Foundation. John is the immediate past President of the San Francisco Symphony and continues to serve on its board. He is…

Jennifer Goldman Wallis

Jennifer is a vice president of the Goldman Environmental Foundation. She started her career as a CPA in the audit practice at Ernst & Young and later created a mobile app to nudge users toward sustainable transportation decisions. During graduate school, Jennifer led the MBA Stanford Impact Fund’s Environment and Energy deal team. She also…

Harriett Hardy

Harriett is thrilled to be part of the foundation’s global work acknowledging and supporting individual environmental activists. Prior to joining the Prize in 2020, she spent 11 years in nonprofit marketing and communications in the Bay Area, as well as 20 years as a teacher and a volunteer in education and animal welfare. Harriett has…