Helping Landowners Conserve the Special Places They Love - Resources First Foundation

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Amos S. Eno

Amos S. Eno
President and Founder

Amos S. Eno, president and founder of Resources First Foundation, has been changing the environmental policy and philosophical landscape for 40 years. He has challenged government, the corporate world and environmental leaders to think differently about environmental policy, conservation vs preservation, development and land use.

Simultaneous with founding RFF in 2000, Amos was executive director of the New England Forestry Foundation where he engineered the two largest privately held land conservation easements in the United States totalling 1.1 million acres, the Pingree Project and the Downeast Project. For 10 years, he was executive director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; he re-organized NFWF into a regionally managed organization to improve services. He has been director of wildlife programs at the National Audubon Society and editor of the Audubon Wildlife Reports. He served as special assistant in the Office of Endangered Species at the Department of the Interior. He served as assistant to Nathaniel P. Reed, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, 1974-1976, working on Alaska lands, endangered species and national wildlife refuges. Cleo Layton was his mentor.

Founder of the Resources First Group, a consulting company, Amos’ past clients included Secretary of the Department of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Resources Legacy Fund, Nature Conservancy, New England Forestry Foundation and the Louisiana Secretary of Natural Resources.

Early Beginnings

Amos’ interest in the natural world began early on Mount Desert Island, Maine and at his home in New Jersey. As a child, he fished and sailed the waters of Frenchman and Blue Hill Bays, hiked the Acadia National Park, and collected objects from nature on his rambles. An inveterate birdwatcher, he can still identify most perching birds even if traveling at 85 mph.

After graduating from Princeton University with a degree in history, Amos worked at Chitwan Park in Nepal where he did bird and tiger surveys and wrote the first proposal for Lang Tang Valley in the Himalayas which is now a national park. He also worked in East Africa and in both countries he worked to integrate the needs of local people like the Maasai into conservation planning and execution. After the Department of the Interior, he went back to school at Cornell and received an M.A. in natural resources. His career spans 40 years as a conservationist and leading edge thinker in the environmental movement.

Since founding Resources First Foundation in 2000 Amos has built an extensive suite of online resources to encourage and help private landowners participate in good land stewardship by establishing conservation initiatives on their lands.

Christine Force

Christine Force
Development Director

Chris spent 14 years in corporate marketing and community relations at Hannaford Supermarkets before joining the non-profit sector. Her ten years of experience in development, non-profit management and program initiatives include VP of Fund Development for the Good Shepherd Food Bank where her team led the creation of purchase partnerships with 20 Maine farms so that nutritious food is distributed to Mainers struggling with hunger. She strives to help organizations find positive impactful solutions to community problems.
Willard Dyche

Willard Dyche
Project Developer

As a soil scientist and skilled web application developer creating user-friendly applications, Willard is constantly working on RFF’s web-based projects incorporating the latest technology to deliver reliable, actionable conservation information. USDA recognized his skills in 2006 by giving him the Secretary of Agriculture Honor Award for Excellence.

Denise Shames

Denise Shames
Office Manager

Dependable, resourceful, self-directed hard worker with a wide range of administrative and project management experience. Extensive experience in both corporate and non-profit office settings working with senior level management. Confident interacting with both staff and external clients. Expert at multi-tasking and setting own work priorities to meet deadlines.
Amos Eno

Amos P. Eno
Communications & Media

After studying Political Science at Colorado College, Amos moved back to Maine to work for Angus King’s Senate Campaign in the summer of 2012, then moved to Washington, D.C. to work as an intern for Senator Susan Collins. In 2013, he moved back to Maine and began working for RFF to further his passion for conservation and the outdoors. He has also done volunteer trail maintenance on the Bliss Woods trails, which the New England Forestry Foundation holds an easement on, and as a Casco Baykeeper for Friends of Casco Bay.
Alexandra Serra

Alexandra Serra
Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Strategic Planning, Partnerships

FALMOUTH, MAINE - Today, August 5, 2015, Resources First Foundation announced the hiring of Alexandra Serra as their new Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Strategic Planning, Partnerships (CSO/ EVPPA).

"RFF is ecstatic to have Alex Serra join our team to grow recognition of, and support for, RFF as a national leader in promoting conservation on private lands" said RFF President Amos Eno.

Serra comes to RFF with over 15 years’ experience in the Public Affairs arena, including media, politics, grassroots development, legislative initiatives and fundraising. She recently spent over six years at Walmart as Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Northern New England. A native of New York City, Serra is a graduate of the University Maine School of Law and Smith College.

"I am very excited to be a part of the team as RFF positions itself to further conversation at local and global levels," Serra said. "RFF's rich depth of knowledge makes it a unique resource for private landowners and conservationists alike. I am thrilled to become involved with RFF at this pivotal time."

Founded in 2000, Resources First Foundation focuses on bringing conservation to rural America via a vast array of resources for the conservation consumer, including three national conservation web based platforms and nine state conservation centers.

With ninety-five percent of the state in private ownership, Maine is a fitting home for Resources First, and it was the first state for which the organization built a State Conservation Center website.

Resources First Foundation Board of Directors

Amos EnoPresident
South Freeport, ME
Pam McClellandSecretary
Former Riparian Specialist
Washington, DC
Alex Beehler
BDC Senior Advisor
FaegreBD Consulting
Washington, DC
Kenneth Berlin
President and CEO, Climate Reality Project
Washington, DC
Howard Burris
Midland, TX
James W. Gorman, Jr.
L. L. Bean, Inc.
Freeport, ME
Robert Grady
Venture Capitalist, The Cheyenne Fund
Wilson, WY
Mark Rey
Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
Michigan State University
Grace Terpstra
Terpstra Associates
Washington, DC
Michael Webert
Farmer, Member House of Delegates
Middleburg, VA
David Weiman
Ag Resources
Washington, DC
Adam White
Burke, VA

Advisory Board
Elizabeth R. Butler
Butler Law Offices LLC
Brunswick, ME
Joan Chevalier
Chevalier Communications
Haverstraw, NY
Lawrence Clark
Retired NRCS Deputy Chief
Washington, DC
James Cummins
Mississippi Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Stoneville, MS
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Diandra de Morrell Douglas
New York, NY
Stewart Fefer
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Retired)
Falmouth, ME
Jay Fetcher
Rancher, Staff, Sen. Mark Udall, CO Steamboat Springs, CO
Philip W. Grone
Findlay & Western Strategies, LLC
Washington, DC
Carol Hamilton
Ft. Bridger, WY
Bruce Knight
Strategic Conservation Solutions
Washington, DC
Rick Knight
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
Sharon S. O’Toole
Ladder Ranch
Savery, WY
Keith Ross
Warwick, MA
Walter Sedgwick
Sedgwick Land Company
Thomasville, GA
Richard S. Seline
Regionnovate, LLC
Washington, DC
SJS Solutions, PLLC
Washington , DC
Retired FWS Regional Director
Folsom, CA
Bill Vail
Former Maine Wildlife Commissioner
Saco, ME
Chandler Van Voorhis
The Plains, VA
Rob Wallace
Rob Wallace Group
Washington, DC
Hogan Lovells
Washington, DC
Land Dimensions Engineering
Glassboro, NJ