Eliot Logan-Hines, Executive Director, has worked for over six years in the non-profit sector in Latin America. Prior to working with Runa Foundation, Eliot served as Executive Director of Finca Project, a reforestation and environmental education initiative in Costa Rica. He has worked as an environmental consultant and advisor to climate change negotiations at the United Nations. Eliot received his masters degree in environmental management from Yale University where he studied tropical forestry and conservation finance. Eliot brings to Runa his expertise in agricultural cooperative development, tropical forestry, and non-profit management. He is a professional adventurer and a good cook.
Ian Cummins, Regional Director, joins the Runa team after working for the last two years in Indonesia doing conservation, concession valuation, sustainable supply chain mapping and REDD+ development. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies specializing in GIS, remote sensing and tropical forest management and has prior work and research experience in Honduras and the Peruvian Amazon. Ian likes to argue politics, make maps and play soccer.
Aliana Piñeiro, Director of Evaluation and Development, first came to Runa Foundation as a community development intern in Ecuador in the summer of 2011. Following her internship and the completion of her masters degree in International Affairs at The New School, she joined the team as the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation. In her current role she continues to direct Runa's M&E in the Amazon and also works to expand our sources of financing and grow our network internationally. Aliana lives in Queens, NY with her husband and their dog, and she loves to do yoga, go on long walks with the dog and travel.
Lindsay McGeehon, Program Manager, worked for 3 years with Runa Foundation as a PeaceCorps agricultural volunteer in projects focused on community needs assessment, environmental education, composting, and agroforestry research. Lindsay studied Animal Sciences at the University of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Lindsay lives in Archidona with her husband, dog, and two cats, she loves gardening and hiking in the jungle and has earned the nickname "Mud Queen."
Sydney Nilan, Peru Country Director, works with Runa Foundation and partner organization Rios Nete launching our activities in the Peruvian Amazon. Sydney has spent much of the last 7 years working and travelling throughout Latin America. She has worked as an independent consultant in Mexico and Guatemala, and travelled throughout the continent carrying out community development projects in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Bolivia. She received her Master’s in Development Practice from the University of Florida, where she was President and Fellow of the Tropical Conservation and Development program. She is way better at cooking than Eliot and also likes to read books and listen to music.
Carlos Tunay, Program Assistant, is a Kichwa local from the community of Tambayaku. Carlos is studying to recieve his Bachelors in Business and working with the Foundation. In his free time Carlos loves to play Ecua-volleyball and Basketball. Carlos is fluent in both Kichwa and Spanish. His father is a member of a guayusa cooperative and he still holds to the cultural traditions of drinking guayusa tea in the early hours of the morning with his family.
Raine Donohue, Ecuador Coordinator, is the newest member of the Runa Foundation team. She started as an intern in the winter of 2014 and has been working to expand knowledge about Fair Trade as well as assist and help organize the intern and volunteer program. Though she grew up in Montana, and loves going home, she always knew she wanted to live and work abroad. She attended Seattle University and has a B.A. in International and Environmental Studies. Raine lives in Archidona and in her free time she loves to travel, cook, enjoys running in the jungle, and is always down to dance.