who we are

We’re a small foundation, but we’re also a group of scientists, researchers, investment professionals, political scientists, editors, architects, and consultants who share a taste for the adventurous. We’ve come to think of ourselves as a band of cowboys.

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    Bart Harvey, a member of blue moon's investment committee, makes a new friend during a 2011 staff trip to the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. Investment committee members collaborate with program staff to help develop and strengthen blue moon fund programs. Jiqiang Zhang

  • Dr. Zhang, Vice President of blue moon's Asia program, stops to take a few photos while doing a site visit at Mountain Hazelnuts in Bhutan. When he's not working, Zhang is likely to be found with a camera in hand.

  • Enrique Ortiz is one of blue moon's biggest assets to conservation work in the Amazon. Here, he looks east from Tres Cruces, the highest point in Manu National Park in Peru. From this point on, it's flat all the way to the Atlantic—3,000 miles away. Enrique Ortiz.

  • Andes Amazon Fund leader (and former VP of blue moon's Tropical Americas program) Adrian Forsyth enjoys a visit with a Western Lowland Gorilla at the Bronx Zoo. Enrique Ortiz

  • During a staff trip to Baja, Mexico, the blue moon team had a chance to go whale watching in the Sea of Cortez. Cabo Adventures

  • Diane Miller and Dr. Zhang look out on the Himalayas in Nepal while visiting with program partners in 2008. Christine Tsang

  • Billy McCarthy, former program associate for blue moon's Asia program, chats with Daniel Spitzer, CEO Mountain Hazelnuts, during a site visit to Bhutan in 2012. Jiqiang Zhang

  • Adrian Forsyth and Enrique Ortiz compare notes while on a program trip in Laos. The two are longtime collaborators on conservation initiatives in the Amazon. Jiqiang Zhang

  • Can you find him? Bruce Babbitt looks down on the Marañon Valley in Peru. Enrique Ortiz

  • Enrique Ortiz and Diane Miller in Myanmar, 2015. Doug Rader/EDF

  • Dr. Zhang, second from left in the middle row, meets with the GEI Expert Steering Committee. As a member of the committee, Dr. Zhang contributes to the organization's development, strategy, and research. GEI

Our history

blue moon fund was established in April 2002 by Diane Edgerton Miller and Patricia Jones Edgerton. The fund emerged from the 2001 restructuring of the W. Alton Jones Foundation, which had been created in 1944 by Pat’s father and Diane’s grandfather, W. Alton Jones.

 

Led by Diane, blue moon fund helps improve the human relationship to the natural world through strategic philanthropy, initiative-based investments, and partnerships with companies, organizations, and communities across the world.

Our team

blue moon fund operates as one. We’re an initative-based, hands-on team dedicated to crafting holistic solutions to key issues on three continents. We believe that we can have the greatest impact if all of our work is driven by a shared mission and if we combine forces to meet our goals. There is no substitute for working side-by-side.

Our advisers bring a wealth of knowledge and perspective to each of our program areas. They work with our on-the-ground leaders to execute program strategy, and share ideas with our staff and partners.

  • Win Aung

    bmf Fellow

    As the founder of Myanmar’s premier eco-tourism company, Woodland Travels, Win Aung brings immense value to blue moon fund’s Myanmar initiatives. He spent much of his early career engaged in forestry work in Myanmar’s extensive forests, and this work enabled him to develop a deep understanding of Southeast Asian ecology as well as the various tribal groups that make their home in the country’s dense forests. 

     

    Over the last two decades, Win Aung has witnessed vast swaths of wilderness disappear in Myanmar and other Asian countries, and he promotes ecotourism as one of the few industries that values wilderness and local culture in their original forms. In addition to ecological protection efforts, Win Aung has also been heavily involved in social and humanitarian work throughout Myanmar including areas hit by the 2008 Cyclone Nargis as well as remoter areas in Chin, Naga, and Kayin States.

  • Bruce Babbitt

    bmf Fellow

    Bruce Babbitt aids blue moon’s conservation work in the Tropical Americas by promoting the offshore-inland model and advocating for carefully planned infrastructure development in the Amazon. Mr. Babbitt served as Governor of Arizona from 1978 to 1987 and as Secretary of the Interior from 1993 to 2001.

     

    He received a BA in geology from the University of Notre Dame, a MSc in geophysics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, which he attended as a Marshall Scholar and a JD from Harvard Law School. He is also the Chairman of the Board of the World Wildlife Fund.

  • Mariko Gordon

    Investment Committee

    Mariko Gordon is a member of the blue moon fund investment committee and helps guide the Foundation’s investments.

     

    Ms. Gordon is the Founder, CEO, and CIO of Daruma Capital Management, a firm that is 100% employee-owned and manages $2.3 billion for public and corporate pension plans, endowments, foundations, and individuals. She holds an AB in Comparative Literature from Princeton and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

  • Jason Green

    Investment Committee

    Jason Green is a member of the blue moon fund investment committee and helps guide the endowment’s mission-driven investment strategy.

     

    Jason is the President of Mosaico Management, a mission-driven investment manager focused on sustainable investments and was previously the Chief Investment Officer of blue moon fund.  Prior to joining blue moon, he spent 13 years in various investment management positions at Moore Capital Management, most recently as Portfolio Manager of a U.S. long/short equity strategy. Mr. Green also served as a Principal in Moore Capital’s Private Equity Group. Prior to joining Moore Capital, he worked in the Principal Investment Area of Goldman Sachs & Co. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Potomac Conservancy and Mountain Hazelnuts Group Limited. He received his MBA from the Wharton School of Business and BA from the University of Virginia.

  • Bart Harvey

    Investment Committee

    As a member of blue moon fund’s investment committee, Bart Harvey is plays an integral role in guiding the Foundation’s investments and also advises the program staff on strategy.

     

    Mr. Harvey is the former Chair and CEO of Enterprise Community Partners and he is credited with growing Enterprise’s impact from investing $200 million supporting 5,000 affordable homes annually, to more than $1 billion supporting more than 20,000 homes annually. He holds an MBA and BA from Harvard University. Mr. Harvey currently serves on the Board of Directors of Fannie Mae and chairs Calvert Social Investment Foundation.

The blue moon fund team is small, which means every member of our staff is involved in carrying out the Foundation’s mission. We work together to ensure our programs are nimble and strategic. We regularly communicate with investment leaders about the structure of our portfolio. And we step in and help one another to make our operations run smoothly.

  • Diane Edgerton Miller

    President and CEO

    As President and CEO, Diane Miller leads blue moon fund in developing strategies and initiatives that support the Foundation’s mission.

     
    She previously was President and CEO of the W. Alton Jones Foundation. Prior to that, Ms. Miller practiced architecture while serving on the board of the W. Alton Jones Foundation. Diane received an AB in Fine Arts from Bryn Mawr College and a Master of Architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She has served on a variety of non-profit boards, including Planned Parenthood of Virginia, the Childrens’ Discovery Museum, the Architectural Review Board of Albemarle County, Building Goodness Foundation, Urban Vision, Tandem Friends School, and the Global Environmental Institute.

     

  • Paul Harrison

    Vice President of Strategy & Implementation

    Paul Harrison supports the President and CEO as she develops and implements a highly-impactful, leveraged sunset strategy for the foundation.

     

    He previously served as a blue moon fellow while leading Environmental Defense Fund’s Mississippi River Delta restoration and Colorado River campaigns as well as leading development of new partnerships and innovative financing for environmental services at EDF’s Ecosystems Program. Before joining EDF, Mr. Harrison was a trial attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the U.S Department of Justice. He also coordinated campaign development at Transportation Alternatives in New York City. Mr. Harrison received his JD from Fordham University, and a BA in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary.

  • Stephanie Randolph

    Program & Grants Officer

    Stephanie Randolph supports the Foundation’s initiatives by coordinating grantmaking activity and cultivating relationships within blue moon’s program areas.

     

    She joined the blue moon fund in 2013. Ms. Randolph’s experience in grantmaking comes from her previous work, which includes serving as the Executive Director of the Nicholas County Community Foundation in Summersville, West Virginia. She holds a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and a masters in Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion as well as a BA from the University of Cincinnati.

We collaborate with foundations, private businesses, and grassroots organizations to help us develop our program and investment strategies. By keeping an open-door policy in our process, we work with partners to grow our impact across the globe.

  • Dr. Adrian Forsyth

    Andes Amazon Fund

    Adrian Forsyth is the Executive Director for the Andes Amazon Fund, a conservation initiative launched out of blue moon fund. Previously, he was Vice President of programs for blue moon’s Tropical Americas program.

    He previously served on the blue moon fund board while working as Director of Biodiversity Science for the Andes/Amazon at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Dr. Forsyth received his PhD in tropical ecology from Harvard University. He has worked as vice president of Conservation International, is currently a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution, and serves as President of the Board of the Amazon Conservation Association, USA. He has supported his fieldwork as a university professor, professional conservationist, and consultant.

    Dr. Forsyth is also one of North America’s finest natural history writers and the author of nine books, including Tropical Nature, Mammals of the Canadian Wild, The Natural History of Sex, The Nature of Birds, Exploring the World of Insects, and Portraits of the Rainforest.

  • Jiaman Jin

    Global Environmental Institute

    As the founder and Executive Director of the Global Environmental Institute (GEI), Jiaman Jin is blue moon fund’s on-the-ground leader for Asia program initiatives. At GEI, she has headed more than 10 projects related to environment and sustainable development in China in collaboration with other research organizations, enterprises, NGOs and the government.

     

    She has successfully led GEI’s program design and operation including its sustainable Rural Development program, Energy and Climate Change program, Biodiversity Conservation program, and Capacity Building for High-level Decision Makers program.
     
    From 1982 to 2004, Ms. Jin was Director of the Technology Service Center, Vice Director of the Dean’s Office, Manager of UNEPnet Beijing Earth Station, and worked on the “Model Study on Air Capacity in Shanxi Province” national program at the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences. Ms. Jin received her BA in equipment management from the Staff College of the Chinese Academy of Science.

  • Aili Kang

    Wildlife Conservation Society

    In her role as Executive Director of the Asia Program at Wildlife Conservation Society, Aili Kang supports blue moon’s conservation projects in Asia, including overseeing the Chang Tang Grasslands initiative.

     

    Ms. Kang completed her PhD in Ecology at the East China Normal University and became interested in ungulate species in west China. She began to work in the Tibetan Plateau and Pamir region of China in 2005. Her research and projects cover the saiga antelope, Tibetan antelope, and Marco Polo sheep. In 2009, Ms. Kang received SCB’s Early Career Conservationist award for her work on the conservation of mammals in the Tibetan steppe of China.

  • Tom Lovejoy

    Amazon Conservation Association

    Tom Lovejoy is a longtime collaborator with blue moon’s Tropical Americas team on conservation initiatives in the Amazon. Mr. Lovejoy, a conservation biologist, made the fate of tropical forests a public issue. In 1980, he coined the term “biological diversity” and drew up the first projections of global extinction rates for the Global 2000 Report to the President.

     

    Dr. Lovejoy is currently a professor of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University. From 2002 to 2008 he served as President of the Heinz Center. Before moving to The Heinz Center, he was the World Bank’s Chief Biodiversity Advisor, Lead Specialist for Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Senior Advisor to the President of the United Nations Foundation.

     

    Dr. Lovejoy has been Assistant Secretary and Counselor to the Secretary at the Smithsonian Institution, Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, and Executive Vice President of the World Wildlife Fund–U.S. He developed the idea for the Minimum Critical Size of Ecosystems project (a joint project between the Smithsonian and Brazil’s INPA), originated the concept of debt-for-nature swaps, and is the founder of the public television series Nature. In 2001 he was awarded the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. He received his BS and PhD from Yale University.

  • Justin Maxson

    Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

    Justin Maxson supports blue moon’s North America program by guiding strategy in Appalachia. He is the Executive Director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, an organization working in the Southeastern United States to help people and places move out of poverty and achieve greater social and economic justice.

     

    Before arriving to Mary Reynolds Babcock, Justin was President of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED), a 37-year-old organization serving Central Appalachia based in Berea, Kentucky. MACED creates economic alternatives that work for low-income people and natural places, employing three core strategies—community investment, research for policy change and demonstration initiatives. Previous to MACED, he was founding executive director of the Progressive Technology Project. He holds a Masters in Anthropology from Boston University.

  • Russ Mittermeier

    Conservation International

    Russell A. Mittermeier is President of Conservation International and has collaborated with blue moon’s Tropical Americas team for many years. A primatologist and herpetologist by training, he has traveled widely in over a hundred countries, and conducted fieldwork in more than twenty—much of it focused on Suriname, Madagascar, and the Amazonian and Atlantic Forest regions of Brazil.

     

    In addition to his work at Conservation International, he also serves as Chairman of the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group, which he has led since 1977. For the past twenty-seven years he has held the position of Adjunct Professor at the State University of New York, and since 1996 he has also been the President of the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation. Since 2001, he has served as Special Envoy for Great Apes with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and in November 2004 he was elected as IUCN’s Regional Councillor for North America and the Caribbean.

     

    Mittermeier graduated from Dartmouth College (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in 1971, and received his PhD in Biological Anthropology from Harvard University in 1977.

  • Enrique Ortiz

    Andes Amazon Fund

    Enrique Ortiz is the Program Director for the Andes Amazon Fund, a conservation initiative launched from blue moon fund’s Tropical Americas program. Previously, he was blue moon’s Tropical Americas Program Director.

    Enrique is one of Peru’s most respected conservationists, having established one of the first environmental working groups in Peru (APECO). During blue moon fund’s history he has been a key asset in guiding the Foundation’s Andes/Amazon work. He holds accomplished scientific credentials as an authority on rainforest management and has worked with major groups such as Conservation International, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.  He is a co-founder of the Amazon Conservation Association.

  • Diane Regas

    Environmental Defense Fund

    Diane Regas is Senior Vice President for Programs at Environmental Defense Fund, where she is responsible for providing overall vision, strategy and leadership for current and new program development. She brings her experience and knowledge to blue moon program strategy across various geographic regions.

     

    Prior to joining EDF, Ms. Regas spent 20 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where she served during four presidential administrations in some of the agency’s highest positions, including Deputy Assistant Administrator. While at the EPA, she received the Presidential Rank Award for “exceptional long-term accomplishments,” and led a path-breaking monitoring strategy that established the first-ever scientifically valid national report card on fresh water quality.

     

    Ms. Regas is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar and California Bar. She received her BA in history, her MS in environmental science, and her JD at the University of California at Berkeley.

  • Dr. Cristián Samper

    Wildlife Conservation Society

    Dr. Cristián Samper, a tropical biologist and an international authority on conservation biology and environmental policy, partners with blue moon on conservation programs across Asia and the Tropical Americas. He joined Wildlife Conservation Society as President and CEO after serving for a decade as Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, the world’s largest natural history collection.

     

    Known for his contributions to the world’s understanding of the ecology of the Andean cloud forests, conservation biology, and environmental policy, Dr. Samper is a member of the boards of the Carnegie Institution for Science, Bioversity International, and Harvard University’s Board of Overseers. He has served on the boards of the World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and the American Association of Museums; as Vice-Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission; and as a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

  • Pedro Solano

    Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental

    Pedro Solano, Executive Director of SPDA, works closely with blue moon to support programs in the Tropical Americas. An environmental lawyer with 22 years’ experience, he has directly participated in the design and formulationof the natural protected areas legal framework and other legal instruments for private and communal conservation. He promoted the first Peruvian regional system of natural protected areas in Loreto.

     

    Mr. Solano has published seven books on legal subjects regarding natural protected areas, private conservation, land planning, and wetlands. He is a member of the World Protected Areas Commission and the Environmental Law Commission of UICN.

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