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Eric Younger

Founder and Board President

Eric Younger has worked and studied in the field of sustainable economic development for fifteen years. Eric earned a Master's degree from Thunderbird (the American School for International Management). He focused on issues of sustainable development and its influence on the social, political and economic development issues in Latin America. Eric served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Papua New Guinea where he taught mathematics and consulted with the local community on sustainable forestry projects. Following the Peace Corps, Eric ran an NGO on the Navajo Reservation that focused on sustainable development by integrating health, literacy and economic development projects to address a wide range of needs for local native families.

After five years on the reservation, Eric's desire to work abroad returned, taking him to Sofia, Bulgaria where he served as an Associate Peace Corps Director. In this role he worked with over 400 volunteers to help assure that their two years of volunteer service were relevant, productive and safe. Eric returned to the US as Executive Director of the Foundation for Sustainable Development, which focuses on bringing interns, small grants and technical training to small grassroots organizations in support of their development work. In 2010, Eric established the Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment.

Carl Hammerdorfer

Carl Hammerdorfer is an entrepreneur with twenty years of experience internationally and domestically, Carl began his international career working at the grassroots level as a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) in Mali, West Africa. Carl trained Malians in improved well-digging and stabilization and was a health and sanitation educator. Working with his wife and other PCVs, he wrote and produced songs on health and sanitation that played for several years on Radio Mali.

Since his Peace Corps service, Carl obtained an MBA from Colorado State University and has held a number of international positions, including water sanitation consultant in Cote d'Ivoire; VOCA Country Director in Warsaw, Poland; Peace Corps Country Director in Sofia, Bulgaria; SEAF's Chief of Party of Kasi Agriventure investment project; and most recently, World Learning's Chief of Party of the Transformational Leadership Program in Prishtina, Kosovo. In addition to his international work, Carl has extensive experience forming and launching cooperatives internationally and domestically. He was co-founder of Cooperative Solutions and the Main Street Cooperative Group in Phoenix, Arizona. Carl also launched Colorado State University's Global Social and Sustainable MBA program as the program director.

His current passion is in developing and applying enterprise solutions that solve chronic development challenges in base of pyramid markets to produce triple bottom-line results. He is fluent in German, French and Bulgarian and speaks passable Bambara. He is now an avid Albanian language learner.

Heidi Campbell

Heidi Campbell served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon from 1989-1991. She received her Master’s in Environmental Health from Oregon State University in 1998. As part of her graduate work, Heidi conducted a microbiological assessment of water quality in streams throughout the state of Oregon. In 1999, Heidi moved to Thoreau, New Mexico and worked with Navajo women to provide a home-health visiting program for expecting and new mothers. While in New Mexico, she developed a nationally distributed catalog for Native American artisans that provided them with a greatly expanded market. In 2002, Heidi and her family moved to Sofia, Bulgaria where Heidi worked with a gallery that supported local, disabled, minority and orphaned artisans.

Heidi now lives in Ketchum, Idaho and is the mother to two wonderful boys. She is an active volunteer for the schools, environmental causes and international development.

Laird Lucas

Founding Advocates for the West in 2003, Laird has been a leader in environmental litigation for over twenty years– compiling a strong track record of success for the conservation movement in Idaho and other western states. He has won many decisions in federal and state courts over public lands logging, grazing, water quality, endangered species, water rights, and other environmental issues. Among other awards, United Vision for Idaho named him the 2002 Idaho Environmental Leader of the Year; the Wilderness Society named him an “Environmental Hero” in 2003; and a leading publication has named him a “Mountain State Super Lawyer” every year since 2007 for environmental litigation. Laird is a 1986 graduate of Yale Law School, and has an MA in International Relations from Yale Graduate School.

Scott Younger