Jonathan has worked on international education and renewable energy and water development projects in Europe and Africa (Greece, Morocco, Kenya and Tanzania) for over 20 years. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Marrakesh, Morocco, where he worked on rural solar, wind energy and agricultural/village water supply projects with the Ministry of Energy at the Center for Development of Renewable Energy in Marrakesh.
From 1988-’92, Jonathan worked as Associate Peace Corps Director in Kenya, serving as the Education Sector staff liaison for Math, Science and English teachers in addition to supervising water engineers, small business advisors, small town planners and forestry managers, and a total of more than 200 Peace Corps volunteers in Kenya.
From 1994 to 2005, Jonathan served as president on the board of Global Education Partnership, overseeing its growth from East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania), to Central America (Guatemala) and South East Asia (Indonesia).
As an Adjunct Professor at Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) from 2004 to 2010, Jonathan taught a graduate level course on Natural Resource Project Management in addition to a popular workshop on grant proposal writing focused on NGO project management, budgeting, development and successful fund raising strategies. Jonathan also coordinated and led a field practicum to Belize for MIIS students interested in obtaining field experience in a development setting.
Jonathan has most recently established the nonprofit: International School-to-School Partnerships.
Dr. Daniel Mountjoy
Daniel is Director of Restoration on Private Lands for Sustainable Conservation, a non-profit environmental organization that develops environmental solutions that make economic sense. He is responsible for programs that remove regulatory permitting barriers and create economic markets for restoration and water management projects on private lands that benefit the environment and society.
Prior to joining Sustainable Conservation, Daniel was Assistant State Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, providing technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers throughout central California. During his 17-year career with NRCS he specialized in developing technical and educational outreach programs for English and Spanish speaking farmers and he fostered partnerships between the agricultural community and local government, technical advisors, and researchers to promote water quality and habitat protection practices.
Daniel earned a Ph.D. in Human Ecology from UC Davis for his research on strategies to improve cross-cultural communication for erosion control with Hispanic strawberry farmers in Monterey County. He also holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and a B.A. in Agroecology from UC Santa Cruz. He conducted research for these degrees in central and southern Mexico on traditional farming systems and global economic change.
Daniel is a fourth-generation Californian with practical on-the- ground experience as a farm and land manager on rural properties in northern California and as a landscape contractor in Santa Cruz.
Jim is currently an Accounting Systems Development Manager for Driscoll Strawberry Associates, one of the world’s largest global agricultural corporations. He is currently working on the implementation of the company’s global ERP systems across multiple countries and continents.
Jim has over 29 years of accounting and information systems experience in both public and private organizations ranging in size from several, to several thousand, employees. He has broad experience in accounting systems and technology solutions to monitor and support business operations. His hands-on experience ranges from filing public financial documents with the SEC to assessing, designing and implementing complex accounting solutions.Jim lives on the Central Coast with his wife of 29 years. He has two children in college, and enjoys biking, hiking, swimming, SCUBA diving and golf. He also spends his spare time in the community supporting the local soccer clubs as a coach and a licensed referee. He has traveled extensively throughout the world, for business and personal interests, to various countries in Europe, Africa, Central America, South America and numerous island nations.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, with a minor in Computer Science, from UC Riverside.
Member at Large
After working in the tech industry of Silicon Valley, Valerie began working in education in the mid 1990’s when she was selected to be part of the management team that would build and managed U.S. Space Camp California at NASA Ames Research Center and Aviation Challenge jet fighter camp at Castle Air Force Base.
After leaving the U.S. Space Camp Foundation, Valerie started her own company, ‘Rocketman Productions’, a speaker’s bureau that represented space, science and aviation keynote speakers and authors.
Valerie currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Earth, Air and Space Education Foundation, a non-profit organization building an education center in partnership with Google/Planetary Ventures at former Moffett Federal Airfield. She also served on the committee formally known as Take Flight For Kids, currently Silicon Valley Fest, focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).
Valerie also serves on the Board of Directors for the W Foundation, a non-profit organization that owns a large United States and Russian space program artifact collection, which operates a space museum, The Space Station, as well as loans out their artifacts to other museums and science centers.
Valerie also formally served as a Board member of SSOAR, (Space, Science, Outreach and Research), a non-profit that built and operated two charter schools, a middle school and high school in Oakland. She has worked with many organizations and schools to create hands-on STEM programs to excite and inspire children to believe in themselves and their dreams.