Our Team

Our team is what makes our organization successful.

 

Staff

Crista Valentino

Crista Valentino

Co-Founder, Director

Crista co-founded CoalitionWILD in 2013 after an invitation from the WILD Foundation to address the lack of support and visibility available to younger generations in the environmental sector. She continues to lobby for a stronger integration of youth voices and empowerment in organizational and business decision making, and has achieved this through recently co-publishing an intergenerational leadership toolkit for conservation and leading multiple projects that accelerate and further initiatives around the world being led by young people for nature. Crista is the North American Focal Point for the World Commission on Protected Areas Young Professionals, was named Wyoming’s Top 40 under 40, and is on the Executive Committee for the 11th World Wilderness Congress.

Yen Parico

Yen Parico

Community Organizer, Belgium

Yen is a firm believer in the significant influence of the youth in creating a better future for the planet. She is advancing youth empowerment as the Community Organizer of CoalitionWILD. Prior to joining CoalitionWILD, she was a Researcher at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and a Small Island Developing States Research and Communications Intern at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Her experiences and learnings in the Philippines shaped Yen’s deep-rooted foundation as a sustainability advocate. Yen holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. At the present, she proactively pursues her passion for ocean conservation and illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU).

 

Steering Committee

Michael Afolami

Michael Afolami

Nigeria

Yoko Lu

Yoko Lu

Japan

Donovan Figg

Donovan Figg

India

Ceci Fischer

Ceci Fischer

Philippines

Christel Scheske

Christel Scheske

Peru

Shelton Matsongoni

Shelton Matsongoni

Zimbabwe

Diana Garlytska

Diana Garlytska

Lithuania

Neeshad V. Shafi

Neeshad V. Shafi

Qatar

Asmita Rawat

Asmita Rawat

Nepal

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