SCIENCE, FORESTRY, & TECH LEADERSHIP

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Allison Wolff

Allison Wolff

Chief Executive Officer

Allison worked in Silicon Valley for 20 years on corporate strategy, product strategy, customer experience design, and marketing. After overseeing the development of the Netflix brand and digital experience Allison advised corporate and nonprofit leadership teams on vision, strategy, and social and environmental innovation. Clients included Drawdown, Google, eBay, Facebook, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Omidyar Network, Patagonia, Nike, HP, Conservation International, and GlobalGiving. 

With growing knowledge and passion for the role forests and soil can play in carbon drawdown, she is focusing her full attention on developing technology solutions that restore damaged ecosystems and, ultimately, build community and wildland resilience.

Neil Hunt

Dr. Neil Hunt

Chief Product Officer

Neil was Chief Product Officer for Netflix from 1999 to 2018, responsible for the design, implementation and operation of the technology at Netflix. Prior to Netflix, Neil had engineering leadership roles at Rational Software and Pure Atria. In 2018, he was cofounder at Curai, a venture-backed health tech company applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to primary care medicine. Neil serves on the boards of directors of Logitech, Roku, and Vibrant Planet.

Scott Conway

Scott Conway

Chief Resilience Officer

Scott brings a unique combination of natural resource education, training, and management experience to forest and fuels management challenges. Scott is a 20-year US Forest Service veteran in land management that included a diverse set of roles including District Ranger, Spatial Ecologist, Silviculturist, and Forester. Scott’s perspective and work was highlighted in a recent New Yorker article. After leaving the USFS in 2019, Scott ran a land management consulting practice focused on innovative, collaborative land management approaches. He brings this practice and his rich set of experiences with him to Vibrant Planet. Learn more about our Land Management Services or download Scott’s resume.

Guy Bayes

Guy Bayes

Chief Technology Officer

Guy is an engineering leader with twenty years of experience in the data space. He has built and led engineering organizations at some of Silicon Valleys' top organizations, including Lyft, Facebook, Lawrence Livermore National Labs, in addition to founding and growing copious startups.

Currently, he is focused on using data and AI to power natural climate solutions management, in order to mitigate and roll back climate change.

Shana Gross
Shana Gross
Ecologist

Shana has over ten years of experience in applied science with the United States Forest Service (USFS), where she has worked as an ecological scientist in the management branch of the organization. She is passionate about delivering up-to-date and credible ecological science in support of policy and project management as well as to disseminate science to and interact with managers and the public. Her understanding of the technical aspects of ecology as well as the needs and goals of policy makers and managers allows her to effectively communicate relevant work in a timely manner. Shana is currently on sabbatical from the USFS while living abroad in New Zealand and is excited about working with Vibrant Planet so that she can continue to contribute to landscape management. Download Shana’s resume.

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Dr. Kevin McGarigal
Landscape Ecologist

Kevin is an applied research landscape ecologist, having earned a BS degree in Forestry and Wildlife from Virginia Tech, an MS. degree in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University, and a PhD in Forest Science from Oregon State University. He was a professor of landscape ecology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst from 1997 until 2019.  Kevin’s applied research focuses on understanding how landscapes are structured physically and biologically and the agents responsible for those patterns, how these patterns affect the distribution and dynamics of plant and animal populations, how these patterns and processes change over time, and how to apply this information to better manage natural resources over multiple spatial and temporal scales. Accordingly, a major component of his work has been the development and technical support of software tools for both scientists and managers (e.g., FRAGSTATS) for quantifying landscape patterns and landscape dynamics. In particular, Kevin is the developer of a landscape disturbance-succession simulation model (LDSim) for simulating the range of variation in landscape patterns under natural and anthropogenic disturbance regimes to help land managers gain a quantitative understanding of the landscape under historical reference period conditions and alternative future scenarios. Kevin is eager to bring his substantial experience, knowledge, and prolific set of tools and software to enhance Land Tender and the future suite of decision support applications that are currently being developed by Vibrant Planet. Download Kevin’s resume.

Tory Nelson
Tory Nelson
Product Manager

Tory is a product leader with 20 years of experience in the data world ranging from taxonomy development to observational and experimental data analysis to social network analysis to financial reporting to big data infra to insight generation and data visualization. As an enthusiastic member of the California Native Plant Society, she is excited to bring her experience to helping people adapt to environmental and climate change-driven threats and improve our collective care for the land. Formerly at Lyft, Facebook, Guidewire, Detica/BAE.

Maria Tran

Maria Tran

Head of Product Management

Maria is a seasoned product leader with over 20 years of product management experience in Silicon Valley, with industry experience that spans the sciences, insurance, and social media. She has conceived and built innovative analytics and enterprise applications at Facebook, Guidewire and Informatica and has managed products and advised at Palantir, Hearsay Social and National Ignition Facility. Maria specializes in building out scaled, analytical platforms that power decision making.

Aside from her professional work, Maria has also been deeply involved with philanthropic activities. She co-founded Sea of Solidarity, a 501c3 that funded grassroots projects helping refugees in Greece and Turkey. She currently sits on the VP Trust board, an open source data community for building resilience, and was a former board member of the Lahontan Community Foundation.

Marcelo Murachovsky
Marcelo Murachovsky
Product Designer

Marcelo is a product designer with over 15 years of experience leading and designing world-class solutions for several industries including finance, healthcare, and agriculture, in Brazil and Silicon Valley. He recently led design teams at BovControl and Hearsay Systems, creating user-friendly solutions to complex problems.

Colton Miller
Colton Miller
Forest Ecologist

Colton is a researcher in forest and fire ecology whose current work uses remote sensing and geospatial analysis to investigate landscape change due to wildland fire. Colton got his boots dirty in forestry as a pre-sale forester with the Quinault Indian Nation where he became interested in how new technologies could be leveraged to map and model the impacts of disturbance and management on forest ecosystems. Colton has collaborated on research with the U.S. Forest Service, Washington Department of Natural Resources, and The Nature Conservancy as well as other universities. His knowledge and expertise span a wide range of ecological phenomena, from microbiology and seedling-soil interactions to remote sensing and landscape scale fire dynamics. Download Colton’s resume.

Danielle Perrot
Danielle Perrot
Applied Ecologist

Danielle is a research scientist with 8 years of experience in hydrology, water resources management, and environmental sciences. She is passionate about improving natural resource management by developing better tools for decision-making. She worked as an undergraduate and graduate student researcher at UCLA and CU Boulder, in water rights administration and water conservation for the City of Greeley (Colorado), and most recently in water resources engineering for the Center for Water Resources at RTI International where she assisted in the development of water forecast systems for a variety of clients across the United States. She is excited to contribute her unique perspective to support Vibrant Planet’s team and mission. Download Danielle’s resume.

Mike Cartmill
Mike Cartmill
Forester

Mike has nearly 15 years of experience working within various government and non-government land management organizations throughout the western United States including the United States Forest Service (USFS), United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL). Mike has also worked with a variety of partners and collaborators to develop project proposals and oversee implementation. He has forged lasting relationships that are an integral element of creating a successful long-term resilient forest. With 15 years of project implementation, layout and administration experience Mike brings an optimistic sense of professional realism to the table. 

Peter Rexer

Peter Rexer

VP Data Commons Platform

Peter is an Enterprise Architect and Platform Product Manager with 25 years experience building software, APIs, and tools to integrate disparate systems and their data. He worked in consulting at Sapient and KPMG building some of the first online banking and trading applications and integrating them into Banks’ legacy systems. At Guidewire, Peter built the Integration consulting team, working on-site at GEICO, Liberty Mutual, CNA, and other insurers to build legacy system integrations. He became Guidewire’s Platform Product Manager until their IPO, and then went on to lead Box’s API development as their head of Platform.

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