Welcoming New Members to Our Board of Directors

It is a privilege and honor to announce and welcome the addition of three new members to our Board of Directors. I am humbled and thrilled to serve with them.

All of our board members, current and new, have a few things in common. We care deeply about the intersection of social justice and the environment. We agree that Indigenous Peoples’ rights to their lands are key to protecting critical environmentally sensitive lands, such as many regions of the Amazon Rainforest. We believe nonprofits should be run with transparency and in a way that partners with communities we support, and allows their needs drive our approach. And, we support open source technology, used for good.

Our new board members round out the knowledge and perspectives of our collective board. Each of our new board members brings incredible personal and professional experience advocating for indigious communities in protecting their lands from threats, such as, mining and drilling.

Ron James, Guyana

Ron works as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and mapping expert for the Amerindian People’s Association. He has a long history of working to protect the land of his own people, in the Rupununi, a part of the Wapichan territory in Guyana. And, he has personally used technology that Digital Democracy has developed.

Pooven Moodley, South Africa

Pooven is an incredibly accomplished and committed social justice leader, currently running a non-profit called Natural Justice, which focuses on human rights and environmental law. He also holds a leadership role in the in the ICCA Consortium, a global movement for indiginous peoples. He brings a lifetime of experience in social justice and human rights work.

Maria Lya Ramos, Washington, DC, USA

Maria leads the Extractive Industries Global Program for Oxfam International. She brings more than a decade of experience working on environmental and social justice issues for well-known organizations.

Our new board members will help us make sound decisions for the organization, and help hold us true to our mission and our commitments as an organization.

Please join me in welcoming these three esteemed members to our board.