Eliot Logan-Hines, Executive Director, has worked for over six years in the non-profit sector in Latin America. Prior to working with Fundación Runa, 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.
Aliana Piñeiro, Director of Monitoring and Evaluation, first came to Fundación Runa as a community development intern in the summer of 2011. After five years of working in asset management in New York City, Aliana realized that her true passion was development. Following her experience in Ecuador and the completion of her masters degree in International Affairs at The New School, she joined the team to measure all the good that Runa does in the region. Aliana is our resident Runa mom and brings New York style to the jungle.
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 agroforestyr research. Lindsay studied Animal Sciences at the University of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Lindsay lives in Archidona with her husband and two cats, she loves gardening and hiking in the jungle and has earned the nickname "Mud Queen."
Sydney Nilan, Peru Program Coordinator, 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 waybetter at cooking than Eliot and also likes to read books and listen to music.
Ian Cummins, Director of Cartography and Supply Chain Mapping, 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.
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.