Meet The Judges

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Evaluation Panel Members

The Evaluation Panel members have been carefully chosen for their knowledge and experience. Each member scores and comments on the applications assigned to them. While our judges are well-connected experts in the field, applications are reviewed only by judges who have no ties to the applicants or proposed project to avoid any potential conflicts of interest. Each valid application will receive five sets of reviews that have been statistically normalized. Informed by the resulting rank order of applications, the finalists will be named. Initial Evaluation Panel members include:


Osvel Hinojosa-Huerta

Director, Coastal Solutions Fellows Program, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Jessica Levine

Conserving Land & Water Strategy Lead, The Nature Conservancy

Patrick L. Phillips

Fmr. Global CEO, Urban Land Institute

Martha Records

Managing Partner, Green Spark Ventures

Sarah Reed

Executive Director, Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation

Sharon Schneider

Executive Director, Telluray Foundation

Sacha Spector

Program Director, Environment, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Gary Tabor

Founder & President, Center for Large Landscape Conservation (The Center)

Selection Committee Members

Finalists will participate in a pitch event in September 2020. The Selection Committee will be present for the finalists’ pitches and will designate the winner of the $100,000 award. Determination of the winner rests solely with the Selection Committee and the CSU Salazar Center for North American Conservation.

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