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  Chris Fagan, UAC Executive Director
Chris has over 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 as Peru director for Round River Conservation Studies. 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. 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, Program Director
Raul is a forest engineer and has extensive forest resources management experience in the Peruvian Amazon. He completed graduate studies in Development and Management of Secondary Forests and Community Management in Protected Areas in Costa Rica, and in 2011 obtained a Masters of Science in Forests and Management of Forest Resources. His work experience includes the position of Pucallpa Forestry Manager of the National Institute of Natural Resources – INRENA, and various positions with  private institutions, NGOs and international agencies working in conservation and sustainable resource use. He lives in Pucallpa with his wife and two daughters.
  Jose Borgo Vasquez, 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 Díaz, Community Specialist
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 Villacorta Yurúa Project Coordinator
William was born in Pucallpa and attended the Universidad Nacional de Ucayali. His research included conservation, climate change, and socio-economic factors related to the Amahuaca, Ashaninka, Ashéninka, Shipibo and Yaminahua tribes. He coordinates our work in the Yurua but often travels to assist with projects in the Purús and Tamaya watersheds.
 Marisel Pinchi, Protected Areas Specialist
Born in Pucallpa, Marisell has a degree in forestry and environmental sciences from the Universidad Nacional de Ucayali. Before joining UAC, she worked as an administrative assistant at the Technical Research Center of Amazonian Rural Development – CITRON. Marisell coordinates activities related to protected area creation and strengthening and community conservation from Pucallpa but spends considerable time in the field.
Jairo Samuel Roque, Purús Project Specialist
Jairo was born in Santa Rey, a community of approximately 50 families of the Huni Kuin 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. Jairo is involved in all aspects of our protected area and community conservation activities in the Purús watershed.
 MAX DOWAR Max Rivera, Administrative Director
Max was born in Cerro de Pasco and studied science in finance and accounting. He has worked in various NGOs, including ProNaturaleza and CARE, in project management, accounting, and logistical support related to conservation It has a working career with . Max enjoys spending time with his children and Max Emiliano and Yadhira.
 DIANA CRUZ Diana Cruz, Accountant
Diana received a BA in Accounting and Finance from the University Ricardo Palma. She has over ten years of experience in accounting, financial reporting, and other administrative tasks which she performs from our office in Lima. Before joining UAC/ProPurús, she worked as Project Manager for the NGO Association Cutivireni.
Jocabed Diaz, Administrative Assistant
Metsa Mea, as she is called in her Shipibo-Conibo culture, was born in the native community of Colonia de Caco, in the district of Iparia. Jocabed is trained as a technical secretary which she practiced as a trainee with the Regional Government of Ucayali before joining our team. She works from Pucallpa providing administrative and logistical support for all projects. 

Advisory Board

Board member David Brewster David Brewster
David is Co-Founder 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. 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 member David Salisbury 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.
Pic Walker
Pic is an entrepreneur and former executive director of the Alliance for Climate Change (ACE). Previously, Pic worked at Blu Skye, a strategic consulting firm which develops sustainable business strategies for Fortune 500 clients, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation where he led 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 has also worked with several non-profit organizations, including Rainforest Action Network. Pic holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.B.A. in sustainable enterprise from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 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.





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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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