Comunidades en el terreno

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San Clemente, Ecuador

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Guadualito, Ecuador

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Hawaii (future)

La Chiquita, Ecuador

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Peru (future)


Junta Directiva


Renee Pualani Louis, Ph.D.
board President

Hilo, Hawaii, USA


Dr. Renee Pualani Louis is a Kanaka Hawaiʻi cartographer passionate about Hawaiʻi storied place names, cross cultural ethical research principles, and advocating the proper use and acknowledgement of Indigenous spatial knowledge systems. She has long believed Indigenous wisdom has held steadfast in the margins of society and it is time to bring not just Indigenous voices front and center but also Indigenous leadership. Although she recognizes that many Indigenous peoples carry generations of ancestral trauma, she also knows those ancestors were resilient and adaptive survivors. As such, she believes it is possible to move beyond the trauma with pro-active culturally appropriate healing practices and the restoration of our ecologically principled leadership to our communities. This shift begins by acting on the belief that our ancestral knowledge can still sustain us.

Willy Barreno

Quetzaltenango, Guatemala


Willy Barreno is the founder of DESGUA (Desarrollo Sostenible para Guatemala, and the owner of La Red Kat, a cultural center and restaurant. He is a mixed race Guatemalan who as an adult migrated to the U.S. in search of a better life. There he worked as a chef and community organizer for human and indigenous rights campaigns. After 12 years in the U.S. he decided to return to Guatemala to recover his identity and discover his Mayan roots. He is one of the founders of DESGUA, supported through La Red Kat, a cultural center and restaurant, which is central to his current work: promoting fair trade and social enterprise initiatives in Guatemala. He is co-founder and educator at Escuela Ki’kotemal, that develops educational programs, emphasizes ancestral practices and values, and offer indigenous youth the necessary resources to become agents of social transformation. Willy is a Aj’qij’ab, Mayan spiritual guide, who works for the wellbeing of their communities in Quetzaltenango.

tami okamoto
board secretary

Lima, Peru

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Tami Okamoto is from Peru and has been working alongside Amazonian indigenous peoples for a bit over 10 years, particularly supporting the collective-crafting of proposals in territories devastated by oil extraction as well as of autonomous initiatives for indigenous territorial governance. She is currently a PhD student in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge.

Paul Williams
Board Treasurer

Santa Cruz, California, USA

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Manager of New Leaf Markets, Westside


JUli A. Hazlewood Williams, PH.D.
Board Member

Santa Cruz, CA, USA

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Aquilino Erazo Caicedo
Board Member

San Lorenzo, Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador


Aquilino Erazo Caicedo is recognized as a trusted leader by communities of all ethnicities throughout San Lorenzo. He was born in 1955 Tambillo, an Afro-descendant community. With 10 sisters and brothers, they grew up in the countryside, and then moved to the town of San Lorenzo to go to school. Due to lack of financial resources, Aquilino could not continue in school. He dedicated himself to farming. Aquilino’s 42-hectare family farm was surrounded by oil 1600 hectares of oil palm companies that pressured him to move. He embarked on an exemplary struggle that continues to this day. Thus, he was invited to take two training courses in the Social Pastoral of Esmeraldas: management and local development. With this knowledge, he entered the Red Fronteriza de Paz (the Peaceful Border Network], and soon after he was voted in as the President position from 2008-2012, volunteer positions in benefit of the human rights of border communities. Since 2016, Aquilino has been working in the Ministry of the Environment.

Juan Guatemal
Board Member

San Clemente, Imbabura Province, Ecuador

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Juan Guatemal is from the Karanki People of the Northern Ecuadorian Andes. He is the General Coordinator of San Clemente and one of the Co-Founders of Tradiciones San Clemente: http://www.sanclementetours.com/tradiciones.php




Juli A. Hazlewood Williams, PH.D.
Co-Founder & Executive Director

Santa Cruz, California

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Dr. Juli Hazlewood Williams, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Roots & Routes, is an activist, researcher, writer, and educator from Indiana (USA). For two decades she has lived and walked with the Chachi, Awá, and Afro-descendant communities of Ecuador’s Pacific Northwestern Chocó rainforests (Esmeraldas Province) to defend and protect their ancestral territories and cultures. In 2014, she also began working with the Karanki people of San Clemente (Imbabura Province). Her research, writing, and teaching focus on geographies of hope, decoloniality and diverse ways of knowing, collaborative activist methodologies, and Indigenous, human, and nature’s rights. Since the 1990’s, she has taught in various universities in the U.S., Ecuador, Ireland, and Canada. She currently teaches in Environmental Studies and the Rachel Carson College at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Eriberto Gualinga Montalvo
Audio visual project director

Puyo, Pastaza Province, Ecuador


Eriberto Gualinga Montavo (aka, Traya) is one of first Indigenous documentary film directors and producers and Indigenous photographers in Ecuador and the Amazon as a whole. He is from the Original Kichwa People of Sarayaku-Tayjasaruta Kichwa, located in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Selvas Producciones served as Sarayaku’s audiovisual communication department to safeguard their memory through photos, videos and to visibilize to the world the Sarayaku peoples and living territories in peaceful resistance against extractive projects. Since 2018, Eriberto is Founder and Executive Director of Selvas Producciones, an Ecuadorian non-profit: Selvas Producciones Facebook Page. He has produced many films including Kawsak Sacha, la Canoa de la Vida (2018), [Kawsak Sacha, the Canoe of Life], Viajando por el Bobonaza con la Escuela de Futbol Sarayaku (2016) [Traveling the Bobonaza River with the Sarayaku Soccer School], Los Descendientes del Jaguar (2011) [Children of the Jaguar], and Sisa Nambi, El Camino de las Flores (2009) [Border of Flowers].


Consejo de asesores


Kathleen L. Harrison


Founder and Executive Director, Botanical Dimensions (botanicaldimensions.org)

Elizabeth Lockwood, Ph.D.


CBM Representative at the United Nations (CBM International)

Beth Rose Middleton Manning, Ph.D.


Associate Professor and Chair, Dept. of Native American Studies (nas.ucdavis.edu)

Yocha Dehe Endowed Chair in California Indian Studies, University of California, Davis

Ilarion “Larry” MerculiefF

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Unangan Elder. President and Founder, Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways (gcill.org)


Erin Mooney

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Executive Director, Mayan Families (mayanfamilies.org)

Sue Roberts, Ph.D.

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Associate Provost for Internationalization, Professor of Geography (geography.uky)

Dianne Rocheleau, Ph.D.


Research Scientist & Professor Emerita
Graduate School of Geography
Clark University
Worcester, MA, USA

Eamon Rooney


CEO and Founder, Success Pathfinder (successpathfinder.biz)


Luis Fernando Sarango Macas

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Saraguro Lawyer. Pushak [President] and Co-Founder, Pluriversidad Amawtay Wasi (amawtaywasi.org)

Josh Wagner

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Owner of PlanRight/Non-Profit World (non-profit-world.com) and Executive Director of Cultural Media Services, Inc. (culturalmedia.org)




Michelle Pastor Valdez

San José, Costa Rica


Principal English-Spanish Translator

Hannah Rios

Los Angeles, California


English-Spanish Translator 

Cora Monokandilos

San Francisco, California

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Website Designer

cameron clark

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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Bylaws Researcher

Elijah Liedeker 

Berkeley, California


Logo Design & Student Consultant