2013 Annual Report - Connections
The Power of Connections
Connecting. It is what distinguishes our unique and successful approach to conservation and community development in the West.
Sonoran Institute People News
The Sonoran Institute has employees who are passionate about the environment and committed to making a positive difference in the world. The Institute has many diverse and enthusiastic supporters of our unique brand of collaborative conservation and helping communities in the Intermountain West make the best decisions they can about their future. Our employees and partners tell their story below. Enjoy.
Ian Dowdy Named New Director of the Sun Corridor Program
The Sonoran Institute announced that Ian Dowdy, of Phoenix, Arizona, will be the new Director of the organization’s Sun Corridor Program. Dave Richins, the previous Director, left the Institute in early October 2013 for work in the private sector.
Dowdy joined the Sonoran Institute team on August 22, 2013, working as a project manager for the Sun Corridor Program, which is based in Phoenix, AZ. Prior to joining the Institute, Dowdy worked for the Arizona Wilderness Society.
“Ian comes to the Sonoran Institute with a wealth of experience on matters related to the Sun Corridor,” says Maria Baier, chief executive office of the Institute.” We are extremely pleased to have him participating on our behalf in policy development as well as on-the-ground work across the region. He elevates all conversations in which he is engaged and brings a refreshing optimism to the important work we do.”
“I am pleased to lend my small contribution to the storied legacy of the Sonoran Institute,” says Ian Dowdy. “As our region continues to grow, our organization will be looked to as a catalyst for rational dialogue and productive engagement. It is my goal that the Sun Corridor Legacy Program retain its hard-earned role as a convener of ideas, a voice for collaboration, and a passionate leader for sustainability in Arizona.”
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Posted November, 2013
Ian Dowdy of the Sun Corridor Programs Accepts Major Award
An ambitious proposal to protect nearly 1 million acres of federal public lands in western Maricopa County has received a major award for smart planning. The Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) said the Sonoran Desert Heritage Conservation Plan will improve the quality of life for residents, business owners and tourists. Monty Stansbury chaired the awards committee. He said the plan deserves the group's "Best Project" award because it isn't just about resource conservation and preservation.
"Public lands in Arizona are drivers for our economy," says Ian Dowdy AICP, project manager for the Sun Corridor Legacy Program with the Sonoran Institute. "Arizona's conserved public lands and open spaces attract a high skilled work force that sets us apart from the rest of the country. As an added benefit, land in this proposal prevents incompatible development from key training routes for Luke Air Force Base. This is a win-win-win for our economy and our quality of life." Read the story.
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Posted October, 2013
Wendi Lucas Joins as New Chief Development Officer
A year ago, Wendi Lucas put her belongings in storage, loaded her car with bikes, kayaks and supplies, and left the East Coast to spend a month driving solo across the country. She wasn’t certain of her final destination until the range and basin landscape encompassing Tucson came into view. She had found her new home. And the Sonoran Institute soon found its new Chief Development Officer.
“Wendi is the perfect fit for our organization’s ascending trajectory,” says Sonoran Institute Chief Executive Officer Maria Baier. “She comes to the Institute with a wealth of relevant experience and a true passion for the work we do across the West. Best of all, she is an adventurer who is not only comfortable in the natural world, but would forsake all else to get there. You have to love that.” Originally from the Southeast, Wendi was drawn to the West in large part by the opportunities to “wander off the map,” to explore new places and new ideas, and to commune with the wilderness. An avid adventurer, she is often found kayaking and SCUBA diving the oceans, mountain biking and backpacking the mountain ranges, and competing in adventure races and triathlons.
As the Chief Development Officer of the Sonoran Institute, Wendi is able to merge her personal passions and professional practices into one. “My belief in multi-focused, realistic approaches to solution development is mirrored in the Sonoran Institute’s collaborative, holistic approach to shaping the future of the West,” Wendi says. “I am so fortunate to be able to work alongside people—both employees and supporters of the Institute—whose experience, vision, and passion for the West are truly unmatched.”
Prior to joining the Sonoran Institute, Wendi was an organizational development consultant and the Executive Director of the Virginia Conflict Resolution Center. Her dynamic career has bridged conservation, law, public health, housing, and higher education. Wendi earned her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She also has a M.A. in Journalism from Marshall University and a B.A. in Communications from Marietta College.
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Posted August 2013
Fred P. Bosselman - Friend, Mentor and Conservationist
A scholar and practitioner of energy and environmental law, Fred joined the faculty of Chicago - Kent College of Law in 1991. Earlier, he was a partner in the Chicago law firm of Ross & Hardies and later practiced in Florida with the firm of Burke, Bosselman & Weaver. Fred was a graduate of the University of Colorado and Harvard Law School.
Fred was a giant in the area of land use and energy law scholarship. He was co-author of the casebook Energy, Economics and the Environment (Foundation Press 2006) and the books The Role of Customary Law in Sustainable Development (Cambridge University Press 2005) and Managing Tourism Growth (Island Press 1999).