Advancing more sustainable ways of living.
Our Work in Nutshell
Equilibrium is a fusion of Michelle’s passion for learning and teaching, her love of the natural world, and her staunch beliefs in the power we each have for meaningful change. more. . .
After years of working with the Nature Conservancy in countries around Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia Pacific, home is the place where this native Costa Rican brought an afternoon coffee - dream to fruition. Equilibrium is a fusion of Michelle's passion for learning and teaching, her love of the natural world, and her staunch beliefs in the power we each have for meaningful change; trusting that giving something back makes telling differences in the lives we lead. The organization benefits from her global experience in strategic planning, stakeholder analysis, and organizational capacity building. Michelle has an MA in Latin American Studies from Tulane University, and a BA in Anthropology from Franklin and Marshall College.
Adriana likes helping people and is using her past skills in the electromechanical field and hotel sales management to oversee school infrastructure more. . .
Adriana likes helping people and is using her past skills in the electromechanical field and hotel sales management to oversee school infrastructure projects, develop a volunteer program, and grow our fundraising base. Adriana enjoys challenging herself with new experiences that make her grow! Joining Equilibrium was a step in that direction, loving what she calls the "passionate and dedicated" vibe of the team, and making it her goal to help the cause as much as her abilities allow. In her free time you can find Adriana reading, dancing, watching a good movie with a friend, singing when nobody listens (or even if someone does), and spending time outside.
Irene joined Equilibrium in 2017 but has supported the organization and its mission since the beginning. Her purpose is to do things she loves and believes in, more. . .
Irene joined Equilibrium in 2017 but has supported the organization and its mission since the beginning. Her purpose is to do things she loves and believes in, which is a combination of nature conservation and helping people live better lives. Irene collaborates in fundraising, social media, and overall program support. She holds a BA in Business Administration from the Universidad de Costa Rica and a Masters in Forest Resources from Penn State University. Irene enjoys baking with her children and hiking, while developing her own family business.
Luz is one of our ad honorem collaborators; an architect by trade and artist in heart. She has collaborated with Equilibrium’s Books to Fly program giving art more. . .
Luz is one of our ad honorem collaborators; an architect by trade and artist in heart. She has collaborated with Equilibrium’s Books to Fly program giving art and handcraft workshops; she is also contributing drawings for several of Equilibrium's publishable materials. As and architect and artist, she loves to teach children to appreciate art and the power of their own hands to create new and valuable things. This year, Luz's big project with Equilibrium is the building of a multi-use classroom and play area for a small and impoverished rural school in the Osa Peninsula. We are grateful of Luz's contributions and thoroughly enjoy working with her!
Equilibrium is a fusion of Michelle’s passion for learning and teaching, her love of the natural world, and her staunch beliefs in the power we each have for meaningful change.
Jamie was the quiet motor behind getting Equilibrium up and running. It was Jamie who listened to Michelle’s ideas for starting a non-profit, quite some years ago, and quickly and succinctly laid out a path, that made it all look so simple to achieve! Jamie is an independent consultant with the United Nations Development Programme and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. She specializes in protected areas and biodiversity planning. Jamison has a Ph.D. in natural resources from the University of Vermont, a master degree in administration from the School for International Training, and a bachelors degree in anthropology from Bates College. She has also worked for The Nature Conservancy, the World Wide Fund for Nature, the Forest Stewardship Council, and the Britain Nepal Medical Trust.
Juan graduated as a Civil Engineer from Lehigh University and acquired his license to work in Costa Rica from the Universidad Latina. As a builder, he travelled extensively to rural areas in Costa Rica building homes for middle and lower class families. This gave him a different perspective on the infrastructure, housing and education needs of rural communities and the limitations of government funded projects to fulfill those needs. As a result, he firmly believes that NGOs are a necessary, if not the only way to satisfy many of the needs of rural communities. Juan has made contributing to these organizations a priority.
Samantha is the CFO and VP for Finance, Administration and IT at the International Youth Foundation (IYF). Her years of experience with the nonprofit sector make her a valuable member of the Equilibrium Board and the ideal treasurer. Before going to IYF, Samantha worked as a senior associate at La Piana Associates, Inc, a firm specializing in strategic restructuring for nonprofit organizations, and prior to that as Associate Director of the Nonprofit and Public Management Program and the Director of MBA Student Services at Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
For the past 8 years, Andreas has been opening foreign markets for companies from the state of Baden-Wurttemberg, and has also been profiling the German state as an ideal location for industry, business, and science. He is currently the Regional Manager, Middle East and Northern Africa/Turkey for Baden-Wurttemberg International. He focuses on developing business relations and location marketing for medical technology.
With over 20 years experience in the hospitality business, Barb brings a unique perspective to the Equilibrium Board, understanding the dynamics of travel philanthropy, the guest experience, and the challenge of working with staff to navigate endeavors outside their comfort zone.
William Ulate Rodríguez graduated from Computer Science and Informatics in Costa Rica in 1991 and worked as software developer for 7 years, before dedicating to Biodiversity Informatics, first as analyst/programmer and then as Coordinator of the Informatics Development Unit of the National Biodiversity Institute in Costa Rica (INBio), then, since 2007, as Data Node Manager for the Latin America Region at The Nature Conservancy (TNC). In 2011, William moved to Saint Louis, to work at the Center for Biodiversity Informatics in the IT Department of the Missouri Botanical Garden, as Global Coordinator for the Biodiversity Heritage Library.