Karolo Aparicio, Executive Director
Karolo has over 14 years working for social and environmental causes, principally in fund development. Before joining EcoViva he led the Donor Services team at the Global Fund for Women and also led fundraising efforts for the Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter, International Rivers, Save The Bay and Global Exchange.
Karolo has an MBA from San Francisco State University, where he also earned his BA. Karolo also holds an MA in Anthropology from Vanderbilt University where he did field work in Guatemala and Mexico. He is a member of the Program Committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Golden Gate Chapter and helps coordinate professional development programs for fundraising professionals.
Nathan Weller, Program and Policy Director
Alternating his time between Oakland, California and El Salvador, Nathan employs his expertise in environmental policy to actively build alliances between our partners and key international actors in the fields of conservation and development. He provides them with ongoing technical support in the areas of strategic planning, policy advocacy and program management. He also recruits and manages skilled professionals who work in El Salvador on a voluntary basis to meet our partners’ strategic objectives.
Nathan has a robust experience in community development and conservation, and has been privileged to have lived and worked among the communities of the Lower Lempa. As a graduate researcher with the Monterey Institute for International Studies, Nathan worked closely with leadership and staff of La Coordinadora to strengthen strategies toward community-based conservation and adaptation to climate change. We are fortunate to have him on board full time with EcoViva.
Jeanne Muller, Communications and Outreach Manager
Jeanne joins our staff after 15 months interning in EcoViva’s Oakland office and serving as International Programs Associate on the ground in El Salvador. She manages our print communications and online presence and provides support for fundraising and Community Empowerment Tours. Jeanne prepared for this role while in El Salvador, where she wrote blog content, took pictures, worked with the Mangrove Association’s youth program, and acted as a facilitator and guide for our tours.
Jeanne earned her undergraduate degree in Latin American Studies with a minor in Spanish from Dickinson College in 2013. In addition to El Salvador, she has lived and worked in Paraguay and Ecuador. More than anything, she is thrilled to learn firsthand what democratic, sustainable, community-led development looks like in practice and to be able to contribute to EcoViva’s mission to support sustainability in Central America.
Douglas Chica, Field Coordinator
A resident of San Hilario, El Salvador, Douglas first became involved in the Mangrove Association’s youth program when he was 18 years old. He went on to earn a degree in Social Work with a specialization in Local Development from the Salvadoran Lutheran University while continuing to take an active role in community affairs.
He has worked with youth groups, community development associations, cooperatives, and local Salvadoran NGOs designing and managing social, economic, and cultural projects in the Lower Lempa and Bay of Jiquilisco region. In addition to working as an on-the-ground consultant for EcoViva, Douglas is currently serving on the municipal council of Jiquilisco for the 2015-2018 term.