Board and Committees
The Coalition currently has a Board of Directors and an Advisory Committee comprised of representatives from a few of our member groups (and one person that sits on both of these groups to provide continuity and connection between them). We are grateful for the time, effort, and service of all these wonderful professionals that guide us, provide expertise, and assist with our programs.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Christina McVie, President (bio coming soon)
Marty lives in both Brooklyn, NY and Tucson, AZ. He has owned and managed Baumrind & Baumrind, a real estate investment firm based in Brooklyn, since 1979. He has also owned and managed Desert Courtyard and Casitas, a real estate investment firm based in Tucson, since 2012. Along with Marty’s service as a Board member for the Coalition, Marty serves as a Trustee for the Friends of Catalina State Park, and in the past has been a Trustee for the Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Community Foundation, and the Brooklyn Museum. He is the Chairman of Ohr Haganuz, a charitable foundation that owns and operates a township and schools in Meron, Israel and yeshivas in Jerusalem. He graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology from Richmond College in 1974 and has two daughters and one granddaughter with his wife Mickey.
Joy is currently an Associate Professor of Legal Writing and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Arizona-James E. Rogers College of Law. She received her J.D. from the University of Arizona in 1984. She was the Director of Streich Lang, P.A. from 1984-1999, worked as a Staff Attorney for the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest (a Coalition member group) from 1999-2017 where she litigated numerous environmental cases, and has worked for the James E. Rogers College of Law as a Part-Time Professor of Practice and in her current capacity since 2002.
Christina McVie, DesertWatch (bio coming soon)
Trevor Hare, Tucson Herpetological Society
Trevor graduated from the University of Arizona in 1991 with a degree in Ecology. For ten years he studied the impacts of suburban development on rattlesnakes and Gila monsters. Trevor has practiced riparian and upland restoration across the Sonoran Desert and Sky Island Region for the past 25 years and developed a robust methodology for the assessment, planning and design of restoration projects, which has resulted in over $2,500,000 of on the ground restoration work in SE Arizona, SE New Mexico and northern Sonora. Trevor has served on numerous boards and commissions in the region, and has been an adviser to the CSDP since 1998.
Rob Peters, Senior Representative Arizona, Defenders of Wildlife
As a jack-of-all trades in the Tucson Office, Rob collaborates with the Defenders Renewable Energy Group, helping evaluate and influence renewable energy policies and projects to ensure that renewable energy is developed wisely, with minimum harm to natural ecosystems. He also works on jaguar issues, helping plan for the eventual return of a viable population in the U.S., and he is the lead on Defenders efforts to safeguard Arizona’s Mountain Empire, a Defenders’ priority area surrounding the town of Patagonia. Prior to joining Defenders of Wildlife in 2014, Rob was executive director of the Western Slope Conservation Center in the small town of Paonia, Colorado. Rob received a Ph.D. in biology from Stanford University and a B.S. with highest honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Russ McSpadden, Center for Biological Diversity
Russ is currently the Southwest Conservation Advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity where he has worked since 2012. He leads campaigns to protect public lands — and the wildlife who call them home – in Arizona and the rest of the Southwest. He holds a master’s degree in environmental history from Florida Atlantic University and is board president of La Tierra Del Jaguar, a non-profit regenerative agriculture and education site in Sonora, Mexico.
David Robinson, Tucson Audubon Society
A longtime activist, educator, and birder, David Robinson is Tucson Audubon Society’s Conservation Advocate. En route to this current activist incarnation, David has been an AIDS activist with the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), a queer activist with Queer Nation, an economic-justice and anti-displacement activist with Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE), and an LGBTQ Jewish activist with Keshet. He first combined activism and birding by co-founding Auk the Vote, which mobilized birders to help turn out the environmental vote in the 2022 general elections and the Georgia Senate runoffs. That exhilarating and fulfilling experience led him to join the Board of Golden Gate Audubon, focusing especially on climate-change initiatives, which in turn led to taking the leap into full-time, professional bird-conservation work by becoming Tucson Audubon’s Conservation Advocate. In his spare time, David is out birding every chance he gets!