2019 Board of Directors

Shawnee Alexandri (President): Shawnee is a local contractor who has resided in Humboldt County for 16 years. He first moved to the region as activist during the Headwaters era and became deeply connected to the region. After following EPIC’s history and being intimately involved with the forest protection community, he believes EPIC is the most effective local organization working to protect and restore the landscape we call home. He has been on the EPIC Board of Directors since 2010, as treasurer for the first three years, and is currently serving as president.

Tony Silvaggio (Vice President): Tony is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Environment & Community MA Program at Humboldt State University, where he teaches courses on civil liberties, social movements, community organizing, and environmental sociology. He got involved in the forest protection movement while attending Humboldt State in the 1990s, and was inspired by EPIC’s advocacy of putting ecological considerations first and taking strong positions in defense of forests and biodiversity. Tony has also served on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Sustainable Jobs and the Environment (ASJE), the Cascadia Wildlands Project (CWP), the Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC), and Mow and Sow.

Nate Madsen (Secretary):  Nate has called Humboldt County home since 1991 when he moved here to attend Humboldt State University (HSU).  After a number of years of study and more than a few years of extended breaks for time spent paddling the Trinity River, hiking the Trinity Alps, and surfing in and around the greater Trinidad area, Nate graduated from HSU in 2000 while living in Mariah (the ancient redwood tree in Freshwater watershed) to protect Mariah from cutting by Maxxam/Pacific Lumber.  Nate currently resides in the Middle Mattole watershed where in July of 2014 he earned his Juris Doctorate through his correspondence studies at Concord Law School.  Nate currently works as an Arborist and intends to apply his recently acquired license to practice law addressing environmental and social justice issues.

Noah Levy: Noah served as the Lands Program Director for Sanctuary Forest, a local land and water trust organization, for 11 years until July 2014. He recently left this job to form a private consulting business, Land Water Conservation Consulting. He also serves as a Humboldt County Planning Commissioner representing Humboldt’s 3rd District. He moved to Garberville in 2002 following earlier careers in journalism, marketing and law, and now lives in Arcata with his wife and sons. He has served on the EPIC Board of Directors since 2004.

Judith Mayer: Judee teaches in HSU’s Department of Environmental Science and Management, and  Environment and Community graduate program.  She holds MS and PhD degrees in City and Regional Planning. Judith is serving a fourth term on Arcata’s Planning Commission, currently as vice-chair, after two terms on Arcata’s Economic Development Committee.  An Arcata resident since 2000, Judith has lived, traveled, studied and worked extensively in the US, Europe, and Asia. A founding member of The Borneo Project of Earth Island Institute, she also served as its Director/Coordinator, and continues on its board.  Her research and advocacy for community environmental planning in the US and abroad gives her a local/global perspective on North Coast concerns. Judith hopes to contribute to EPIC’s defense of the Earth, and believes EPIC’s effective public persuasion, collaborative efforts, regulatory advocacy, and willingness to sue if necessary make EPIC the North Coast’s most effective environmental advocacy organization.

James Adam Taylor: Adam is a photographer that focuses his lens on the natural world, documenting its beauty and humans interactions with it. Adam came to Humboldt County, CA to visit friends in 2014 and never left. He grew up in Southern NJ, attended Rowan University where I received a BFA in Photography and Printmaking. Adam has hiked the entirety of the Appalachian Trail, and has twice been an Americorps volunteer where he worked on public lands in the Pacific Northwest. His artwork can be viewed at his website.

Daniel Cordalis: Daniel is a member of the Navajo Nation and a practicing attorney in natural resources and Indian law. Daniel clerked for the Colorado Supreme Court and the Native American Rights Fund, and worked for the National Congress of American Indians in Washington D.C. and as an associate attorney for the Denver Earthjustice office. He received an undergraduate in geology from Rice University, a master’s in geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his JD from the University of Colorado.

Destiny Preston: Destiny is a master’s degree graduate from UCLA with varied work experience in coastal planning, land use permitting, and environmental compliance. She has expertise in urban and rural planning, agricultural land use policy, sea level rise adaptation, general plan/zoning matters, municipal governance, the California Coastal Act and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Destiny enjoys collaborating with local government stakeholders working for the County of Mendocino, City of Fort Bragg, and the City of Point Arena. She also serves the public interest through volunteer work as a member of the City of Arcata Economic Development Committee, and advertising director for the American Planning Association, CA Chapter, Northern Section.