Board


Honorary Board


Jimmy Chin

Climber, Filmmaker, Adventurer

In the past decade, Jimmy Chin 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 is a National Geographic photographer and 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, to name a few. Most recently, he filmed and directed the feature documentary Meru, which won the 2015 Audience Award at Sundance. On the other side of the lens, Jimmy has been a sponsored climber and skier for the North Face Athlete Team for fifteen years. He is one of the few people to climb and ski Mount Everest from the summit and has been profiled in National Geographic Magazine, Outside Magazine, People Magazine, Men’s Journal and others.



Board of Advisors


Rebecca Martin

Senior Director, Explorer Programs, National Geographic Society

Rebecca Martin is Senior Director, Explorer Programs at National Geographic, where she currently oversees high level explorer relationships, the Society’s awards program and a new explorer mentorship program. Prior to this, she launched and directed National Geographic’s Expeditions Council grant program for 19 years and worked with National Geographic media to ensure coverage of high profile projects involving exploration and adventure. She also developed and directed National Geographic’s Young Explorer Grants for 10 years, as well as its Young Explorer University Workshops. 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.


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.


Scott Willis

Producer

Scott Willis is a 35-year veteran of the News, Current Affairs and Documentary world. He is the winner of twelve National Emmy awards and two DuPont Columbia awards for a range of programs that range from “Gorbachev: The Final Hours” (1991), “The Anatomy of a Riot – Los Angeles” (1992) and “The Woodmans” (2010), a portrait of a family’s fall and redemption in the sometimes brutal world of art. The film won the award for best New York Documentary at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival as well as the 2012 Emmy award for “Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming.” Since 2002, through his company C. Scott Films LLC, Scott has worked on a variety of investigative documentaries for PBS: “The Shadow Factory”, a film about the National Security Agency’s performance before and after the 9-11 attacks, “AstroSpies” an investigative history of a secret manned space program to spy on the Soviet Union in the 1960’s. Prior to establishing his company, Scott worked for eleven years as Senior Producer for ABC News Nightline. In 1999, Scott was the Executive Producer of an eight hour ABC primetime series “Brave New World” which examined breakthroughs and implications of emerging technologies, from genetic engineering to string theory. From 1981 to 1984 Scott was ABC News Producer based in Israel and from 1984 to 1989 worked as a Producer in ABC’s London Bureau.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Richard Wiese

Former 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. 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.


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.