Advisory Board

Honorary Advisor

Jimmy Chin

Academy Award-winning filmmaker, National Geographic Photographer, Mountain Sports Athlete

Jimmy Chin is an Academy Award winning filmmaker, National Geographic photographer and mountain sports athlete known for his ability to capture extraordinary imagery and stories while climbing and skiing in extremely high-risk environments and expeditions.  Jimmy has collaborated with some of the most progressive athletes and explorers in the world, participating in and documenting break through expeditions around the planet, from climbing first ascents in the Karakoram, to skiing first descents in the Himalayas.

Jimmy has received numerous awards for his work from PDN, Communication Arts, American Society of Magazine Editors and the Lowell Thomas Journalism Awards. As a director and cinematographer, he has shot and directed documentaries, TV and commercial projects for The North Face, Pirelli, National Geographic, Working Title, and RSA Films, and more. His 2015 film Meru won the coveted Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and was on the 2016 Oscar shortlist for Best Documentary. Jimmy’s latest documentary Free Solo won a BAFTA, 7 Emmy’s and an Academy Award for best Documentary Feature in 2019. 

Advisory Board

David Breashears

Filmmaker and Adventurer

World-class filmmaker, adventurer and mountaineer, David Breashears is the Executive Director of GlacierWorks. GlacierWorks’ mission is to raise public awareness about the effects of climate change in the Greater Himalaya and to encourage a better understanding of its consequences through photographic expeditions to many of the world’s highest mountains. He has worked on such feature films as Seven Years in Tibet and Cliffhanger, as well as the award-winning documentary Red Flag Over Tibet. In 1983 he transmitted the first live pictures from the summit of Mount Everest and in 1985 became the first American to twice reach its summit. He is the recipient of four Emmy awards for achievement in cinematography. In 1996 he co-directed, photographed, and co-produced the acclaimed IMAX large-format film Everest and contributed his still photos from that climb to the bestselling book Everest: Mountain Without Mercy. In 1997 he co-produced and photographed “Everest: The Death Zone” for the PBS science series NOVA, marking his fourth ascent of the world’s highest mountain.

Deirdre Brennan

President / Producer, Castletown Productions

Deirdre Brennan is an Emmy award-winning decorator for television, film and theatre. Her passion for wildlife and conservation led her to form Castletown Productions to make films about rare and endangered wildlife. Her first films, Bermuda’s Treasure Island and Sceillig and Bermuda, A Last Refuge, highlight the amazing rediscovery of the once thought extinct Bermuda petrel, or Cahow. Both films won awards at the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula. For the past 8 years, she has traveled throughout the North Atlantic with an award-winning team to tell the story of the disappearing wild Atlantic salmon. She partnered with the Atlantic Salmon Federation and other key international salmon organizations, salmon scientists and conservationists to make the film and hopes it will raise awareness and inspire audiences. Atlantic Salmon: Lost at Sea was released in 2018.

Natalie Cash

Executive Producer, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

Natalie Cash is the Executive Producer in charge of video production at Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), an international conservation organization with more than 3,000 field staff in 65 countries. WCS also operates the largest system of urban wildlife parks in the world – Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo and NY Aquarium on Coney Island – educating four million visitors each year about the importance of conservation. With two decades of experience in the industry, Cash produces short-form programming about WCS projects and stories for multiple platforms. Her films have won awards at the International Wildlife Film Festival and New York WILD Film Festival and selected as finalists at Wildscreen and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Prior to joining WCS, she was a series producer and writer at the Emmy Award-winning documentary production company Pangolin Pictures.

Eric Dinerstein, Ph.D

Director, Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions, RESOLVE

Dr. Eric Dinerstein is Director of WildTech and the Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions Program at RESOLVE. For much of the past 25 years he was Chief Scientist at the World Wildlife Fund. Beginning in 1975, he conducted pioneering studies of tigers and their prey and led conservation programs for large mammals, such as greater-one horned rhinoceros and Asiatic elephants. Along with Dr. Eric Wikramanayake, Eric mapped tiger conservation landscapes, designed the Terai Arc Landscape in Nepal and India, and came up with the idea of a Global Tiger Summit, staged in November 2010, to double the wild tiger population. He helped create the conservation plans for many iconic places–including the Galapagos, the Chihuahuan Desert, the Himalayas, the panda mountains of China, and the northern Great Plains of Montana. He has conservation experience in many countries and has been published widely on large mammal conservation, including books on rhinos and tigers.

Caroline Hunt

African Travel Specialist

Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Caroline began her career in hospitality in London working at a 5-star luxury hotel and then moved to New York where she took on various global sales and marketing roles with Le Meridien, Swissotel, Raffles and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.  Until recently, Caroline has been designing highly-customized luxury safaris for ROAR AFRICA, combining her sales and marketing skills with her love and passion for Africa and wildlife conservation. 

Rebecca Martin

President, Exploration Connections

Rebecca Martin currently serves as an expert consultant in the field of exploration and explorer talent development through her new business, Exploration Connections. Prior to this, she worked for National Geographic, most recently as Senior Director of Explorer Programs, where she oversaw high profile explorers.  In addition, she expanded National Geographic’s prestigious awards program, and launched a specially-tailored Explorer Mentorship Program. As founding director of National Geographic’s Expeditions Council, Rebecca developed the organization’s first storytelling grant program.  She also created and directed Nat Geo’s highly  successful Young Explorers Grant Program. Rebecca serves as a board member of Machik, an organization dedicated to strengthening communities on the Tibetan Plateau, as well as on the advisory boards of New York WILD and Mountainfilm in Telluride. She has served on film juries for the Trento (Italy),  Autrans (France), Telluride and Bilbao Mendi mountain film festivals.

Nancy Moon

Marketing and PR, Moon PR

Nancy Moon has put her innovative marketing and PR touches on decade’s worth of high profile events. Passionate about conservation, culture, tech, non-profits and telling stories visually, she works in New York City and often travels for her projects. On recent excursions she captured a wide range of images including the local culture in Cuba — and fit in a personal trip to Africa to photograph wildlife. She began her entertainment career at ABC Sports covering, among other events, the Olympic Games. Moon later became Director of Communications at Madison Square Garden with focus on sports, entertainment and hundreds of events including 500 rock concerts! Moon opened her own boutique agency and founded Moon PR headquartered in New York City and Connecticut. Her vision created such partnerships as connecting then-public affairs client Microsoft to the Explorers Club’s world-renowned BioBlitz in Central Park. Microsoft provided sponsorship, public relations and tech support for scientists. She is now a proud member of the Explorers Club and holds seats on several boards including the Aspetuck Land Trust.

Brianna Rowe

Director of Business Development, Reach the World

Brianna Rowe is an adventurer, educator, conservationist, and filmmaker. She has traveled on academic and filmmaking expeditions in East Africa, Central and South America, the Caribbean, the Arctic, and South East Asia. On these expeditions, she has filmed live volcanos, explored underwater in a submarine, interviewed local communities, crossed glaciers, and researched wildlife. Brianna creates global educational programs for youth, including an elephant conservation course, climate change curricula, and virtual exchange programs with Reach the World. She is featured in Teen Vogue, VICE Impact, and The New York Times for her youth engagement projects. Brianna is a member of The Explorers Club, an Adventure Canada – Explorers Club Young Explorer, a National Geographic Certified Educator and a National Geographic Student Expeditions Leader. 

Flo Stone

Founder & President, Environmental Film Festival

Flo Stone is President & Founder of the annual DC Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, which she started in 1993. Previously she worked on public programming for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City for 15 years. There she initiated the Margaret Mead Film Festival and served as its Co-Chair from 1977-1984. Flo was Film Chair for the Smithsonian’s National Forum on Biodiversity and that same year she established the Earthwatch Film Awards for documentaries, presented annually at National Geographic through 2009. She is a graduate of Vassar College and has a Certificate in Arts Administration from Harvard.

Richard Wiese

President of The Explorers Club, Field Scientist and TV Host

Richard Wiese is the host of Born to ExploreTM with Richard Wiese, a travel and adventure program which is broadcast on PBS. He is a world-class explorer, Emmy-winning producer and author of the book, Born to Explore: How to Be a Backyard Adventurer. Since he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro at age 11, Richard has circled the globe, capturing stunning images and living one adventure after another—from traveling with Bedouins in Africa to skiing to the North Pole. As a respected field scientist, Richard became the youngest president of The Explorers Club in 2002 where he served until 2006. He was elected as President of The Explorers Club for a second time in 2018. Richard believes the most memorable aspect of any journey is not the destination, but the people you meet along the way.

Linda Worrell

International Tax Lawyer

Linda Worrell is an international tax lawyer. She recently retired from American Express where she worked for over 25 years, most recently as Vice President and General Tax Counsel responsible for managing teams of tax professionals in Europe and Asia. Prior to joining American Express, Linda worked with law firms in New York and Washington, D.C., generally focusing on the taxation of not-for-profit organizations. Linda has a life-long interest in adventure, the environment and documentary film, and is thrilled to be involved with New York WILD.