Howell Conservation Fund (HCF) was created by founder Brett Howell, a lifelong environmentalist with 15 years’ experience in conservation, nonprofit management, and philanthropic giving. Having worked in nonprofits, corporations, and philanthropies, Brett noted that there were inefficiencies in each market segment that could be rectified by drawing best practices from the other segments.
In 2019, Brett created HCF as a way to bridge the gaps between each area in order to achieve breakthrough solutions through collaboration and market-driven approaches to environmental projects.
Brett has been described by the global media as a conservationist who bears more than a passing resemblance to Buzz Lightyear. Brett lived his family motto, tenax propositi - tenacious of purpose - when his determination on the Henderson Island Plastic Pollution Expedition pushed his crew tothe limits of their endurance to successfully clean 100% of the beach despite multiple unforeseen headwinds. Brett founded Howell Conservation Fund to create a long-term, venture philanthropy-focused organization that will drive catalytic change in the conservation space.
Kirsten is a lifelong sailor and diver, as well as a career environmentalist. After seven years of working in the renewable energy industry in both the private and non-profit sectors, Kirsten turned her focus toward marine conservation and the circular economy. She is HCF's Director of Operations.
Melisa is HCF's accountant, through her role as Partner in the Non-Profit and Education group at Impact Accounting Partners. She is passionate about what’s next for the tax-exempt entities she serves and strongly believes non-profit organizations have the power to positively change their communities.
Aria is an interdisciplinary visionary exploring how the fields of neuroscience, environmental conservation, and studio art coexist together. Her passion lies in problem solving with an artistic and scientific tool box. As an avid advocate for the environment, she provides pro-bono consulting for non-profit organizations excited to create positive change for the planet we share.
Erica is a versatile professional with a diverse background, driven by the belief that her work can lead to a more sustainable and environmentally conscious world. Erica is poised to leverage her skills to create powerful digital campaigns that drive awareness, engagement, and positive changes.
David is a Vice President Financial Advisor at Wealth Enhancement Group in the San Francisco Bay Area. Inspired early by family backpacking trips in Yosemite National Park, his passion for the outdoors fuels his drive for protecting our world’s most valuable resources and supporting sustainable solutions that promote a better tomorrow.
Benjamin is a seasoned entrepreneur and adventure seeker. One of his early ventures was Out Dare Adventures, an online travel magazine with contributing journalists from around the world and over 100,000 unique monthly readers. He is currently an investor and management consultant for businesses focused on the UN SDGs.
Meggie is a dynamic advocate for improving environmental health. She leverages her transdisciplinary expertise to help communities and companies develop and deploy innovative, scientifically-grounded environmental solutions. A relentless optimist, Meggie believes we have the capacity to make transformational change.