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Board of Directors

ECOLOGY ACTION IS EXPANDING - BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED

Are you interested in serving on our Board of Directors? We're adding several new positions, as well as Associate Board Membership opportunities (serving on a specific committee without full Board responsibilities). Please fill out this form if you're interested in working with us!

 
  Suzanne Baker, Board Member   Before joining Ecology Action in 2017, Suzanne organized the successful initiative to expand the Austin Community College district into Del Valle and Pflugerville, providing a savings of over 50% on college tuition to over 300 students per semester in those areas. She is a long time community advocate, activist and organizer who has spent her career supporting at-risk youth, low-income families, and veterans. For the last 18 years, Suzanne has worked collaboratively to create opportunities and to develop targeted career pathways for central Texans through support networks and recruitment pipelines. Suzanne earned a B.S. in Applied Science from Texas State University. She is a Certified Public Manager and is a member of The National Career Development Association. She has also served as Co-chair to the Community Advisory Committee of ACC Riverside and Round Rock campuses. Her interests include organic farming and enjoying being a new grandmother. 

Suzanne Baker, Board Member

Before joining Ecology Action in 2017, Suzanne organized the successful initiative to expand the Austin Community College district into Del Valle and Pflugerville, providing a savings of over 50% on college tuition to over 300 students per semester in those areas. She is a long time community advocate, activist and organizer who has spent her career supporting at-risk youth, low-income families, and veterans. For the last 18 years, Suzanne has worked collaboratively to create opportunities and to develop targeted career pathways for central Texans through support networks and recruitment pipelines. Suzanne earned a B.S. in Applied Science from Texas State University. She is a Certified Public Manager and is a member of The National Career Development Association. She has also served as Co-chair to the Community Advisory Committee of ACC Riverside and Round Rock campuses. Her interests include organic farming and enjoying being a new grandmother. 

   Neocha Campbell, Secretary   Neocha has devoted much of her career to cultivating community awareness and cooperation, while promoting strategic partnerships to support programs in the nonprofit and public sectors. In 2015, she collaborated on Goodwill Central Texas’ successful initiative leading to the first adult charter high school for students aged 19-50. She brings over 20 years of experience in public policy and administration, business development, and operations management, with specific focus on veterans, seniors, and low-income communities. Neocha earned a Bachelor of Arts from St. Edward’s University and currently is working toward her MBA. Her lifelong interests include social justice reforms, animal advocacy, and food sustainability and security.


Neocha Campbell, Secretary

Neocha has devoted much of her career to cultivating community awareness and cooperation, while promoting strategic partnerships to support programs in the nonprofit and public sectors. In 2015, she collaborated on Goodwill Central Texas’ successful initiative leading to the first adult charter high school for students aged 19-50. She brings over 20 years of experience in public policy and administration, business development, and operations management, with specific focus on veterans, seniors, and low-income communities. Neocha earned a Bachelor of Arts from St. Edward’s University and currently is working toward her MBA. Her lifelong interests include social justice reforms, animal advocacy, and food sustainability and security.

 
  Karly Jo Dixon, Treasurer, Chair   Before Joining the Ecology Action Board of Directors in 2013, Karly Jo served as a Co-Director of Ecology Action and Financial Manager for seven years.  She is a co-founder of the Central Texas Zero Waste Alliance and Treasure City Thrift in Austin Texas.  Karly Jo has a JD from the University of Texas, School of Law and is an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Texas Fair Defense Project.     

Karly Jo Dixon, Treasurer, Chair

Before Joining the Ecology Action Board of Directors in 2013, Karly Jo served as a Co-Director of Ecology Action and Financial Manager for seven years.  She is a co-founder of the Central Texas Zero Waste Alliance and Treasure City Thrift in Austin Texas.  Karly Jo has a JD from the University of Texas, School of Law and is an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Texas Fair Defense Project.  

 

 
     Eric Leshinsky, Board Member   Eric is multi-disciplinary designer, planner, and public artist whose work has focused for many years on developing projects at seek to protect, restore, or reimagine public space. He is currently a Senior Associate Designer and co-lead of the Urban Ecology Studio at  Asakura Robinson , an integrated landscape architecture, planning, and urban design firm. He maintains an active interest in regional ecological issues and often seeks out opportunities for projects that can help reframe the relationship between cities and their natural landscapes. Prior to his current role, Eric co-founded and co-directed  Shrimp Boat Projects , a regional ecological and cultural initiative based in Houston that sought to reconnect the city to its most important natural resource, Galveston Bay.   

 

Eric Leshinsky, Board Member

Eric is multi-disciplinary designer, planner, and public artist whose work has focused for many years on developing projects at seek to protect, restore, or reimagine public space. He is currently a Senior Associate Designer and co-lead of the Urban Ecology Studio at Asakura Robinson, an integrated landscape architecture, planning, and urban design firm. He maintains an active interest in regional ecological issues and often seeks out opportunities for projects that can help reframe the relationship between cities and their natural landscapes. Prior to his current role, Eric co-founded and co-directed Shrimp Boat Projects, a regional ecological and cultural initiative based in Houston that sought to reconnect the city to its most important natural resource, Galveston Bay.

 

  Christopher Brown, Board Member   Chris is a writer and lawyer who has been actively involved in conservation and ecology efforts along the Lower Colorado River for the past decade. Since 2009, he has been restoring a former petroleum transmission pipeline site near Circle Acres where he and his wife and son built their green roof home known as  Edgeland House . Chris writes widely about American ecology, including in his novel,   Tropic of Kansas  , which is slated to be released July 2017.  His law practice  focuses on working with mission-based financial services technology companies. Chris previously served as General Counsel of NetSpend Corporation and was a partner in the Austin law office of Baker Botts, LLP, where he ran the corporate department. 

Christopher Brown, Board Member

Chris is a writer and lawyer who has been actively involved in conservation and ecology efforts along the Lower Colorado River for the past decade. Since 2009, he has been restoring a former petroleum transmission pipeline site near Circle Acres where he and his wife and son built their green roof home known as Edgeland House. Chris writes widely about American ecology, including in his novel, Tropic of Kansas, which is slated to be released July 2017. His law practice focuses on working with mission-based financial services technology companies. Chris previously served as General Counsel of NetSpend Corporation and was a partner in the Austin law office of Baker Botts, LLP, where he ran the corporate department.