Our Advisory Board Members

Honorary Consul Antonio Arreaga

Pilar Portela

One of her core strengths is the capacity to convene and aggregate conglomerates to develop and implement technology based solutions across large geographical areas looking to solve global issues. She focused on technologies that improve society’s sustainability in the areas of regenerative and circular economy, clean energy, smart rural-urban development, and sustainable food and water. Pilar is leading digital transformation, innovation and globalization efforts integrating regenerative technologies as part of the new innovative approaches to climate change and food security.

Start Date: April 2021

LinkedIn Profile: linkedin.com/in/pilar-portela

Glenn Sigurdson

Q.C. – Queens Council 1986

Social Innovator – solution focused leadership building bridges across divides. Much of my work is within and among companies, communities, civil society organizations, and governments in the public and private sectors, building partnerships and resolving differences. Www.glennsigurdson.com

My role is to deliver a special kind of leadership as the “man in the middle”. I have been known as a mediator, negotiator, lawyer, facilitator, adjudicator, economist, teacher, writer.

Experience over a long career has melded into a deeper understanding of my role – Today i say I “lead without owning working in the space between”.

While i have worked over a wide range of sectors , a focus has diverse world of people and resources, land and water. Here interests, values, rights, power, authority collide engaging different organizational structures and cultures, the “public interest’, regulators, many “publics”, and the public at large.

Expectations “beyond consultation to involvement” in decision making that affects “me, my community, and my people” across regions and watersheds are growing. My leadership role is to work within this complex dynamic to create the context for all these players to explore ways to live together respecting their differences.

My goal is to help them build resilient relationships which are and are seen to be theirs, not mine, and with “ownership” the will to turn words into actions, and the understanding that relationships are assets.

Start Date: August 2013

LinkedIn Profile: linkedin.com/in/glenn-sigurdson-c-m-4259651a

Marshall Gallardo

Marshall Gallardo is a seasoned program administrator. With over 10 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, he has acquired the necessary skills to manage and lead a wide variety of programs. Using a practical participatory approach, Marshall has assisted organizations explore and achieve their program management and organizational development needs. Ranging from $500,000 to $19 million dollars, he has also implemented community economic development programs. From grassroots community development consultations to nationwide economic development programs, Marshall has a proven track record in successful program management.

Start Date: October 2014

LinkedIn Profile: linkedin.com/in/marshall-gallardo-castaneda

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