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IBP‘S BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
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Martin Bern
Martin Bern is a litigation partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in San Francisco. He obtained a law degree from Berkeley Law in 1990, a Master's degree from UC Berkeley in Political Science in 1986, and a Bachelor's degree from Tufts University in International Relations and Economics in 1984. Martin previously served as President of the Board of the Truckee Donner Land Trust during an aggressive period of land acquisition and preservation in the Northern Sierra. He also served two terms as an elected Director of the Sierra Lakes County Water District. Recently, Martin has provided pro bono representation to Ventana Wildlife Society in connection with efforts to protect California Condors from poisoning by lead bullets, and the California Native Plant Society in connection with efforts to protect Live Oak trees threatened by proposed development. He joined the IBP Board in 2019.
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David F. DeSante, President
David DeSante founded IBP in 1989 and was Executive Director until 2008. He created the MAPS and MoSI Programs. Dave earned his Ph.D. from Stanford and has held Assistant Professorships at Stanford and Reed College.  His research interests include population dynamics, winter ecology, biogeography, and migration and navigation. Dave has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers, monographs, and books, and over 160 technical reports. He has won numerous national conservation awards, including the Partners in Flight Investigator's Award (for IBP), Conservationist of the Year from the Western Chapter of the Wildlife Society, the Chandler Robbins Conservation and Education Award from the American Birding Association, and The Lifetime Achievement Award from Partners in Flight.
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Cordell Green, Board Member Emeritus
Cordell Green received an M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford, in Computer Science. He is interested in how computers can help research in bird population studies. He is CEO of the Kestrel Institute, a computer science research institute concerned with safe software.
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Rodd Kelsey
Rodd currently leads the wildlife-friendly agriculture strategy for the Water Program of The Nature Conservancy in California. In this work, Rodd focuses on developing approaches to rebalance water use and agricultural management to deliver habitat migratory birds need when and where they need it most in ways that also create multiple other benefits for people and nature. Rodd provides strategic leadership, fundraising, and support for a portfolio of demonstration projects, scientific research, tool development, and policy engagements. By training Rodd is an avian ecologist and conservation scientist. He has a B.A. in environmental conservation at the University of Colorado, an M.S. in biology at California State University, Long Beach, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. Rodd has studied birds all over the western U.S. as well as in Costa Rica and Venezuela.
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Dayna Mauer
Dayna Mauer started her relationship with IBP in 2006 as an intern. Looking for opportunities to further her birding knowledge and interest, she applied to survey for Great Gray Owls in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. She has since continued working on many projects, including Willow Flycatcher surveys in Yosemite National Park and IBP’s initial pilot study to survey for Black-backed Woodpeckers. In 2016 she joined the IBP Board of Directors. Dayna balances time at IBP with her regular job being an Emmy-nominated special effects compositor for television shows.
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Deborah Mills, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Deborah joined IBP in 2016. She currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for the organization and was elected Treasurer in 2019. Deborah is a Certified Financial Planner and has spent 30 years building businesses. Her passion lives in finance, technology and operations. Her mission: making the world a better place. Deborah is an avid environmentalist and bird lover.
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Ivan Samuels, Secretary
Ivan Samuels joined the board of IBP in 2011. He holds bachelor's degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a master's degree in Zoology from the University of Florida. Ivan developed a passion for birds at age 12, and this soon led to broader interests in ecology and conservation biology. He has conducted field research with birds in seven countries, and even worked as a field technician for IBP in 2004. He is currently the Executive Director of March Conservation Fund, a grant-making foundation that supports conservation organizations in the US and Latin America. Ivan serves on the board of four Bay Area conservation organizations. He is also a forest landowner, and has a keen interest in how land management can improve forest health for the benefit of both wildlife and people.
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Rodney Siegel
Rodney Siegel joined IBP in 1998 as a research scientist, after completing his B.A. at Yale and his Ph.D. at U.C. Davis. He splits his time between working as a research scientist for IBP’s Sierra Nevada Bird Observatory and as IBP’s Executive Director. His research includes the effects of fire and fire management on Black-backed Woodpecker and other forest birds, the conservation of meadow birds in the Sierra Nevada, the ecology and conservation of owls, and the effects of climate change on forest birds. He is particularly interested in research that has practical applications for management and conservation. Rodney has published approximately 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored multiple conservation strategies for California birds.