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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Chris Fagan, UAC Executive Director
Chris has fifteen years of experience developing and directing conservation projects in Latin America. Prior to creating UAC in 2010, Chris worked as director of Duke University’s ParksWatch program and, most recently, as Peru director for Round River Conservation Studies. He has published several articles and produced a video documentary on the Alto Purús region. Chris holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Middlebury College and a Masters in Environmental Management from Duke University. When not in Peru, he lives in Jackson. Wyoming with his wife Sara and daughter Daniela.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Francisco Estremadoyro, ProPurús Executive Director
Francisco has extensive experience designing and implementing conservation and sustainable development projects in the Peruvian Amazon. Trained as a forestry engineer, he has studied wilderness management in Paraguay and the United States at Colorado State University. The majority of Francisco’s professional career has been devoted to the effective management of Peru’s protected areas, with a focus on balancing biodiversity conservation with the sustainable use of natural resources by local people. When not in the field, Francisco maintains close correspondence with government agencies, NGOs and other UAC partners from his office in Lima.
RAUL VASQUEZ Raul Vasquez, ProPurús Program Director; Raul is a forest engineer and has extensive forest resources management experience in the Peruvian Amazon, mainly in the Ucayali region. He completed graduate studies in Development and Management of Secondary Forests (2001) and Community Management in Protected Areas, Buffer Zones and Biological Corridors (2005) in Costa Rica, and in 2011 obtained the degree of Master of Science in the specialty of Forests and Management of Forest Resources UNALM. His professional career has developed in public institutions such as the Regional Directorate of Agriculture (Forest Area) and the National Institute of Natural Resources – INRENA, contributing to the management of forest resources, he held the position of Forest Technical Manager Pucallpa (2007- 2009); private institutions and foundations, NGOs and international technical cooperation agencies aimed at the conservation of forest resources in protected areas and productive conservation with indigenous communities. On their days off enjoying his daughters Claudia Ximena and Fabiana with his wife.
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES Jose Borgo Vasquez, ProPurús Purús Project Coordinator
Jose has over 20 years of experience in the Alto Purús region, leading outreach projects in the indigenous communities. He was the chief of the Agrarian Agency, a branch of the Ministry of Agriculture, working to integrate new crops into community gardens. As a member of the Alto Purús reforestation committee, he led efforts to establish nurseries for mahogany and Spanish cedar trees. Jose was born in Pucallpa and works from the UAC field office in Puerto Esperanza.
MANUEL DIAZ Manuel Díaz, ProPurús Social Specialistr
Born in Loreto, Manuel is an anthropologist who has implemented community conservation projects throughout the Peruvian Amazon. Before joining ProPurús in 2013, he worked as an indigenous land titling expert for the regional government of Ucayali. In addition to being an expert on indigenous land titling, Manuel brings critical expertise to ProPurús in the areas of social anthropology, community conservation, and isolated tribes.
WILLIAM PORTOCARRERO William Villcorta, ProPurús Yurúa Project Coordinator; He was born in the city of Pucallpa, Ucayali, at 24 years old, William’s Environmental engineer, he worked as a technical assistant in the research project “Building Capacity for conservation in a changing Amazon” conducting research projects in conservation , perception of climate change, after consultation, wildlife and indigenous peoples socioeconomic studies of ethnic groups, Amahuaca, Ashaninka, Ashéninka, Shipibo and Yaminahua in the district of Yurúa. He did fieldwork in areas Abujao, Masisea and Purus. Currently he is working in the ProPurús Association as field coordinator, running activities in various projects for conservation of biodiversity and improving quality of life of indigenous peoples in the basins of Tamaya and Yurúa.
 MARISELL PINCHI  Marisel Pinchi, ProPurús Specialist in Protected Areas; Marisell she born in the city of Pucallpa, Ucayali. It’s degree in forestry and environmental sciences, environmental engineering career. He is a young professional who has extensive administrative management of projects of national and international experience. He worked as an administrative assistant at the Technical Research Center of Amazonian Rural Development – CITRON, supporting the conservation project management and professional specializations. He was in charge of the area of environmental management company Fumigation EIRL Chemical Selva., it was a practitioner of the Association during the period 2015 and today is part of ProPurús team as a consultant. Marisell has knowledge in environmental projects, environmental management practices in the characterization of solid waste in rural and urban areas; It is proactive, demanding and has ample capacity to work in a multidisciplinary manner.
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES Jairo Samuel Roque, ProPurús Purús Project Specialist
Jairo was born in Santa Rey, a community of approximately 50 families of the Cashinahua ethnicity on the upper Curanja River. Jairo studied indigenous leadership at the Institución Educativa Padre Francisco Álvarez in Sepahua. He has received training in GPS use, cartography, and monitoring conservation threats as a voluntary community guard for the Alto Purús National Park. As UAC’s community intern, Jairo is involved in all aspects of our protected area and community conservation activities.
 MAX DOWAR Max Rivera, ProPurús Administrative Director; He was born in Cerro de Pasco and studied science in finance and accounting, which allowed him to develop for more than ten years needed to interact professionally with various indigenous organizations, local government, and NGOs experience. He developed work in the field of management, accounting and logistics projects related to conservation in areas of Protected Areas in Peru, with populations and multicultural spaces in the Ucayali region. It has a working career with ProNaturaleza and CARE. Max ProPurús consolidated to join our team. In their rest days Max enjoys his children and Max Emiliano Yadhira breeze.
 DIANA CRUZ Diana Cruz, ProPurús Accountant; Diana has more than ten years of experience in administrative and accounting work in non-governmental, public and private organizations. Before joining Propurus, he worked as Project Manager for Cutivireni ASSOCIATION NGO dedicated to the Conservation of Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ashaninka communities. Performing tasks of Financial Information for donors as well as the use and application of funds in each project to develop, experience has allowed him to join the staff of the Association Propurus. His studies were conducted at the University Ricardo Palma in the Faculty of Accounting and Finance; obtaining a BA in Accounting.
Jocabed Diaz, ProPurús Administrative Assistant; Metsa Mea, as they call it in its original language, was born in the native community Colonia de Caco, in the district of Iparia. It belongs to the Shipibo-Conibo ethnic, linguistic family Pano. Jocabed at 26 years old, it is a professional trained in the technical course of Executive Secretariat; He has held administrative tasks as a trainee in the Regional Government of Ucayali. Currently, part of the team as Administrative Assistant ProPurús, supporting logistics development of all activities. Jocabed, is a proactive, communicative and represents young indigenous professionals in the region of Ucayali.

Advisory Board

board_david David Brewster
David is Co-Founder and President of EnerNOC, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENOC), a leading provider of energy management applications and services for commercial, institutional, and industrial customers, as well as electric power grid operators and utilities. EnerNOC has pioneered efforts to make customer participation in demand response and energy efficiency more effective through improved market rules and technologies. Prior to EnerNOC, David worked at Beacon Power Corporation (NASDAQ: BCON), a developer of flywheel-based energy storage solutions for grid-scale frequency regulation services and other applications. David also held positions at Winslow Management Company, an environmentally-focused investment management firm, and SolarBank, an innovative global capital fund for solar energy systems. David also currently serves on the boards of EnergyHub and Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors from Wesleyan University, a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University, and a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
board_david2 David S. Salisbury
David is an assistant professor of geography, environmental studies, and international studies in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Richmond. Since 2000 he has conducted applied research in the Amazon borderlands shared by Brazil and Peru. His publications focus on the socio-environmental impacts of logging, changing livelihood strategies, military settlement projects, drug production, and boundary formation in the Amazon. Dr. Salisbury is the recipient of a 2010 Fulbright fellowship in Peru, a 2007 Honorary Professorship at the National University of Ucayali, and the University of Richmond’s 2009-10 International Education Award.
board_pic Pic Walker
Pic is executive director of the Alliance for Climate Change (ACE). Pic leads ACE’s strategy and organizational development, and draws on a diverse background in education, business consulting, management and environmental science to establish ACE as the national leader in climate science education. He believes education is foundational to creating any positive change in the world. Previously, Pic worked at Blu Skye, a strategic consulting firm which develops sustainable business strategies for Fortune 500 clients. Prior to that, Pic worked at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation leading research and development efforts for the Environment team. During his tenure at Moore Foundation, he co-developed the Wild Salmon Ecosystem Initiative, a $200+ million effort to improve the long-term sustainability of wild Pacific Salmon. Pic started his career teaching environmental studies and English at the Canterbury School in Connecticut. 
Pic is a certified NOLS instructor and worked previously with several non-profit organizations, including Rainforest Action Network. He was born and raised in New England, and now raises his three kids – Zelle, Kacy, and Mac – in Northern California with his wife Heather. Pic holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.B.A. in sustainable enterprise from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.





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Contact Us

For press inquiries, questions about our organization, or to discuss a donation:

Upper Amazon Conservancy
PO Box 4961
Jackson, WY 83001

Director Chris Fagan
tel: 307-413-8133

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In Peru, the Upper Amazon Conservancy and its sister organization ProPurús can be reached in:

Calle Tizon y Bueno N° 847, Jesús María, Lima
Director Francisco Estremadoyro
tel: 511-440-3458
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Prolongación 7 de junio, N° 193, Pucallpa
Director de Programas, Raul Vásquez
tel: 511-061-578873
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