Meet Our Team

We are a team of collaborative leaders, mediators, policy experts, strategists, scientists, and facilitators. We envision a less polarized world with a shared commitment to transforming ambitious ideas into real benefits for people, communities, and ecosystems.

Glenn Sigurdson

Principal, CSE Group | Chair of Board of Directors, RESOLVE

Glenn Sigurdson is the Founder and Principal of CSE Group. He has been delivering leadership, conflict resolution, and executive and management development programs for over twenty-five years. He has a long association with Simon Fraser University as an Adjunct Professor, Associate of the Learning Strategies Group in the Beedie School of Business, and Senior Dialogue Associate of the Morris J. Wosk Center for Dialogue.

Stephen D'Esposito

President, CEO, and Board of Directors

Stephen D’Esposito is the President and CEO of RESOLVE and a Solutions Strategist. Trained as a policy advocate, he helps partners envision, design, and implement innovative solutions to sustainability challenges. Stephen’s work covers all of RESOLVE’s issue areas, with a focus on natural resources, energy, and sustainable development.

Abby Dilley

Vice President of Programs, Senior Mediator, Board of Directors

Abby Dilley is Vice President of Programs and a Senior Mediator at RESOLVE. She has more than twenty-two years of experience in facilitation and mediation of scientifically complex and highly controversial public policy issues in the areas of natural resources, environment, agriculture, biotechnology, and human health.

Dave Baker

Natural Resources and Energy Expert | Board of Directors, RESOLVE

Dave Baker's career has spanned thirty-eight years in the mining industry. He recently retired as Senior Vice President for Sustainability after thirty-two years with Newmont Mining Corporation. He joined Newmont in 1980 as a geologist; in 1985, he moved to Newmont’s fledgling Environmental Department and became Vice President of Environmental Affairs in 1991. Today, Dave consults for companies in the natural resources and energy sectors on sustainability issues and serves on RESOLVE’s Board of Directors.

Ramanie Kunanayagam

World Bank Inspection Panel | Board of Directors, RESOLVE

Ramanie Kunanayagam has twenty-five years of experience as a social anthropologist, working on social performance, human rights, and sustainable development issues in over thirty developing and developed countries in the extractive sector. Ramanie was formerly Group Head of Social Performance and Human Rights for BG Group, a position she held for close to ten years with group-wide responsibility for social performance, human rights, and transparency as well as the socioeconomic aspects of sustainable development. She was recently appointed to the World Bank Inspection Panel, an independent complaints mechanism for people and communities who believe that they have been, or are likely to be, adversely affected by a World Bank-funded project.

Jeffrey Wright

Actor and Chair, TAIA Peace Foundation | Vice Chair Emeritus, Board of Directors, RESOLVE

Jeffrey Wright is a critically acclaimed actor and Tony® Award winner. He is Chairman and co-founder of Taia, LLC, and Taia Peace Foundation and Vice Chairman of Taia Lion Resources, Inc. He has been particularly active with RESOLVE on its development and natural resource work in Africa.

Thomas Lovejoy

Professor, George Mason University | Board of Advisors, RESOLVE

Thomas Lovejoy is an accomplished conservation and tropical biologist. From 1973 to 1987, Tom directed the World Wildlife Fund-US program and was responsible for its scientific, Western Hemisphere, and tropical forest orientation. From 1985 to 1987, he served as the Fund’s Executive Vice President. His experience since then includes serving as President of the Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment from 2002 to 2008 and as the Biodiversity Chair of the Heinz Center from 2008 to 2013. He has also served on science and environmental councils under the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations in addition to serving as the World Bank’s Chief Biodiversity Advisor and Lead Specialist for Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Michele Sofisti

Founder and President of SOFOS Management | Board of Advisors, RESOLVE

Michele is the Founder and President of SOFOS Management. He has deep expertise in consulting for luxury goods and jewelry industry, including strategy, marketing, business development, rebranding, management, and distribution. He is former CEO of Sowind Group (including Girard-Perregaux and JEANRICHARD) and former President and CEO of Omega. He currently serves on the board of the Global Conservation Corps Foundation, a global conservation education nonprofit. A geologist by training, he began his professional career specializing in tunnel construction.

Lee Godown

Founder, President, and CEO of Alpex International | Board of Advisors, RESOLVE

Lee is a strategic public policy leader with exceptional global experience guiding private and public entities through change, crisis and opportunity. He has extensive expertise in Washington, DC, and other world capitals, including 25+ years of staff service in the US Congress. A former senior global policy and government affairs leader at General Motors, Lee has a reputation for ingenuity, diplomacy and the ability to navigate complexity.

Jonathan Baillie

Co-Founder, Natural State | Board of Advisors, RESOLVE

Jonathan Baillie is Co-Founder of NATURAL STATE, an organization that leverages technology to design, implement, and monitor large-scale nature restoration initiatives. Baillie was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Scientist at the National Geographic Society where he oversaw grants, impact initiatives, National Geographic Labs, explorer programs, and the international team. Baillie initiated partnerships together raising over $95 million for ground-breaking collaborations across regions and sectors to conserve and monitor the Natural World. He was also the Vice Chair of the Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration. Previous to the National Geographic Society, Baillie served as Director of Conservation Programmes at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), where he built up and led a portfolio of projects on threatened species and their habitats in over 50 countries. Known for embracing technology, innovation and collaboration, Baillie founded the EDGE of Existence Programme to conserve evolutionarily distinct and globally endangered species, co-developed a retail activism initiative with Selfridges and over 40 conservation NGOs to support sustainable fisheries, and launched the first AI-driven camera traps for anti-poaching.

Jay Watkins

Partner, Potomac Law | RESOLVE Board of Advisors

Jay Watkins is a corporate and private equity partner at Potomac Law focused on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital and debt and growth equity transactions, particularly as counsel to technology and healthcare companies and other growing businesses. With his extensive experience and knowledge of a wide range of transactions, Jay has successfully completed transactions for companies in all stages of development, from startups to emerging companies to large public companies.

Bennett Freeman

Board of Advisors, RESOLVE

Bennett Freeman is the former Senior Vice President for Sustainability at Calvert Investments. During his career he has worked at the intersection of governments, international institutions, multinational corporations, responsible investors, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to promote human rights and sustainable development. An innovative leader in the fields of business and human rights, natural resource governance, and responsible investment, he has played key roles in developing several multi-stakeholder initiatives and global standards that have strengthened corporate responsibility in industries from extractives to information and communications technology.

Britt Banks

Senior Fellow, Getches-Wilkinson Center, University of Colorado Law School | Board of Advisors, RESOLVE

Britt Banks is a Senior Fellow at the Getches-Wilkinson Center on Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment, University of Colorado Law School. He is a former Executive Vice President for Legal and External Affairs at Newmont Mining Corporation. He is also Chair of the Independent Expert Review Panel at the International Council on Mining and Metals. In addition to serving as a member of RESOLVE’s Board of Advisors, he co-chairs RESOLVE’s Natural Resources and Energy Leadership Council.

Jay Campbell

Partner, Hart Research | Board of Advisors, RESOLVE

Jay Campbell is a Partner at Hart Research Associates. He conducts research in the firm’s major practice areas, including political, nonprofit/advocacy, media, corporate, and labor areas. For a decade, he managed Hart Research’s regular polling for NBC News and The Wall Street Journal, and he currently does the same for CNBC’s All-America Economic Survey.

Alana Knaster

Professor, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law School | Board of Advisors, RESOLVE

Alana Knaster is a professional planner with extensive experience in leading and implementing innovative organizational and community change initiatives. As a mediator specializing in public policy conflict resolution, her assignments ranged from solving local zoning issues to drafting regulations on off-shore oil exploration and interstate commerce. She has been on the faculty of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law School since 1989, teaching environmental and public policy mediation.

Huguette Labelle

Board of Advisors, RESOLVE

Huguette Labelle recently retired as Board Chair of Transparency International and previously served as Chancellor of the University of Ottawa. Over the years, she has been an international leader in government, academia, multilateral institutions, and civil society. She is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Order of Ontario, in addition to several other honors.

Sara Lipscomb

Board of Advisors, RESOLVE

Sara D. Lipscomb serves as the General Counsel of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Equal Opportunity in the Administration of Governor J.B. Pritzker. Prior to that in March 2009, she was appointed General Counsel of the United States Small Business Administration, and in November 2014, she became the Agency’s first Chief Risk Officer.

Tim Martin

Resource Diplomat, Senior Advisor, Director of Resource Diplomacy Program, Board of Advisors, RESOLVE

Tim Martin heads RESOLVE's Resource Diplomacy program to improve human rights conditions related to the extractive sector. He has been at the forefront in Canadian diplomacy and peace and security work in Latin America, Afghanistan, the Middle East, and Africa. He has served as Canada's Ambassador to Colombia, Argentina, and Paraguay.

Lori Price

Investing in Nature | Photographer | Board of Advisors, RESOLVE

Lori Price is a longtime supporter of conservation and has been a partner to RESOLVE’s Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions Program at RESOLVE for many years. She has been obsessed with animals since childhood. Her love of nature and interest in photography led to her first job with photographer Kjell Sandved and made an indelible impression. She went on to study zoology and animal behavior and worked on various conservation research projects, including the black-footed ferret reintroduction at CRC and the Asian one-horned rhinoceros census in Chitwan. Her current priority is her role as impact investor, focusing primarily on habitat preservation and projects utilizing innovative technology toward elephant conservation and human-wildlife conflict resolution.

Paul B. Thompson

Professor, Michigan State University | Board of Advisors, RESOLVE

Paul Thompson holds the W. K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. His research has centered on ethical and philosophical questions associated with agriculture and food, especially concerning the guidance and development of agricultural technoscience.

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