Board of Directors

Irwin Batara, Chairperson

Irwin Batara joined Neighborcare Health in September 2021 and is currently the Interim Chief People and Equity Officer. Previously he worked at YWCA as the Chief Human Resources Officer. Irwin also worked in the health care industry for more than 13 years at International Community Health Services and Seattle Indian Health Board as Director of Human Resources and Compliance Officer. He received his bachelor’s from the University of Washington and his master’s in public administration from Seattle University. Irwin is very active in the community and local universities; Irwin has been involved in equity and anti-racism community work for many years. Irwin also has been a consultant for human resources, non-profit and equity issues, and has been involved in the Non-Profit Anti-Racism Coalition and the City of Seattle Human Service Division’s Race and Social Justice change team. In his spare time, he is a Third-Degree Black Belt in Shito-ryu/ Itosu- Ryu and teaches/learns Silat and Filipino Martial Arts.

Roger-Mark De Souza, Vice Chair

Roger-Mark De Souza_photo1_resizedRoger-Mark De Souza is the Vice President of Sustainable Markets at Pact, an international development nonprofit organization, where he directs programs on the environment, extractives, energy, and livelihoods in order to build lasting solutions for thriving, resilient communities. His team works on the ground with local organizations, businesses, and governments in nearly 40 countries to end poverty and marginalization. Over his career, Roger-Mark has built social, economic, health and environmental justice and resilience programs, teams, and movements across the world to encourage local ownership and empowerment. He has extensive experience building stakeholder relations, working with private and public partners, and managing teams across geographies, cultures and languages. Prior to Pact, he served as the Chief Movement Building Officer at Amnesty International-USA; as President & CEO of Sister Cities International; and as the Director of Global Sustainability and Resilience at the Woodrow Wilson Center. He has worked for a number of other nonprofits including Population Action International, Sierra Club, Population Reference Bureau, and World Resources Institute. Roger-Mark leads with integrity and passion. He brings to bear his contagious laugh, energy, and drive to engage others, lift their aspirations, and deliver on key program objectives. Outside his professional life, he thrives on his Caribbean heritage, loves to cook, is an avid traveler, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, sons, and rescue dogs. His pronouns are he/him/his.

José G. González, Treasurer

José G. González is the Founder of Latino Outdoors. He is an experienced educator as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty. He is also an illustrator and science communicator.

His commentary on diversity and environmental/outdoor equity has been featured by High Country News, Outside Magazine, Earth Island Journal, and Latino USA, among others.  He engaged in collaborations with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, U.S. Department of Interior, and the National Park Service during the Obama Administration. He also represented Latino Outdoors in several coalitions including the Latino Conservation Alliance, the Next 100 Coalition, and California Parks Now. He has been recognized with several honors, including the National Wildlife Federation Environmental Educator AwardGrist Magazine “Grist 50”, and The Murie Center Spirit of the Muries, among others. You may have also seen him in various outdoor spaces or read his poetic musings.

He received his B.A at the University of California, Davis, and his M.S at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment. You can connect with him on social media @JoseBilingue.

Annette Rizzo, Secretary

Annette Rizzo has over two decades of nonprofit leadership with experience leading strategic planning, facilitating convenings, designing domestic and international programs, and coaching and training hundreds of staff and volunteers. Helping organizations evolve, while inspiring its people to thrive motivates Annette. Whether crafting lobby strategies, building adaptive strategic plans or employing her chaos whispering savvy to facilitate conversations that matter, she seeks to synthesize her experiences into meaningful impact in the world. Her scientific roots lend a unique analytical perspective to finding solutions, while her diversity, equity, and inclusion values lead to innovative and equitable approaches to designing organizational change. Annette now uses these skills and experiences to both help organizations and individuals adapt to change and to help them transform to meet their visions through her work with the consulting firm, AdaptNation.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Transylvania University in Kentucky and a Master of Environmental Science degree from Miami University of Ohio. Annette enjoys landscape photography, traveling to discover places for her landscape photography, reading for hours by a fire or by water, and putting her chemistry and art to work in the kitchen.

Anna Claussen, Director

Anna Claussen is the founder of Voices for Rural Resilience, a collective of rural connectors facilitating the social change necessary to protect and heal our natural world; empower rural communities to engage in efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change; and advance inclusive climate change policies. A landscape architect by training, Anna bridges years of practice in urban design and planning with a life deeply rooted on her family’s active Minnesota farm. She was recently chosen as a 2017-18 Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellow. Prior, Anna was the Director of Rural Strategies at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), a non-profit working locally and globally pursuing cutting edge solutions that benefit family farmers, rural communities, and the planet. Over the last two decades, Anna has focused on creating resilient communities through the design and vision of alternative land-use plans; by advancing market solutions within the emerging bio-based economy; by sitting in tough spaces, wrestling with problems, and believing in the humanity of all people. Anna advises a number of organizations working on rural sustainability issues, including: Advisor to the National Rural Assembly, Advisor to Focus Climate Gap Year, Advisor to Rural Generation, Board Director for Art of the Rural and Department of Public Transformation and alumni of the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership program. Anna has a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Studio Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Master in Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota. She’s grounded in Minnesota, where she and her husband and their two young children call home.

Elizabeth Lunney, Director

Elizabeth Lunney Headshot Elizabeth Lunney is an accomplished nonprofit and community leader, with deep roots in the outdoors and conservation sectors, where she has helped build and expand the capacity of nonprofits around the country for more than 25 years. She leads by listening and empowers those who find their voice. She works collaboratively on road maps to create change, putting into writing the inspiration, ideas, and actions that bring people together. She is deeply committed to expanding the role of community and social justice within the environmental movement, and in breaking down origin stories that bypass questions of settlement and land ownership. Elizabeth was the executive director for Washington Trails Association for more than a decade, and has served as interim executive director for a number of conservation organizations, including the Mountaineers and the Northwest Natural Resource Group. She is a consultant with the Valtas Group, where she specializes in interim executive support, organizational assessment and transition planning. She serves on boards for the Mountains to Sound Greenway, The Mountaineers and Braided River, a conservation imprint of Mountaineers Books. When she is not having to sit still for a meeting, you’ll find her running around outside.