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 at the law offices’ of Rain & Zepp, PLC as staff attorney and dedicates as much of his spare-time and energy as possible to local issues of environmental concern especially the virgin forests of Rainbow Ridge in the headwaters of the Northfork Mattole River and the inappropriately located TerraGen Wind energy project.

Destiny Preston (Treasurer): Destiny works as a coastal planner for the California Coastal Commission, where she analyzes the environmental impacts of development projects proposed in Mendocino County’s coastal zone. She has expertise in urban and rural planning, environmental policy, sea level rise adaptation, land use management, and community resilience. In addition to her involvement with EPIC, she serves as as an advertising director and board member for the northern CA section of the American Planning Association. Destiny obtained a master’s degree in urban and regional planning, with an emphasis in environmental analysis and policy, as well as graduate certificates for leadership in sustainability and global environment and resources from UCLA. She holds bachelors degrees in society and environment and peace and conflict studies from UC Berkeley.

Noah Levy: Noah served as the Lands Program Director for Sanctuary Forest, a local land and water trust organization, for 11 years until 2014, when he left to form a private consulting business, LandWater Consulting. For the past five years he has also served 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: Judith is a planner who teaches in HSU’s Department of Environmental Science and Management. She has lived in Arcata for 20 years.  She holds MS and PhD degrees in City and Regional Planning. Judith serves on Arcata’s Planning Commission (her fourth term), currently as vice-chair, and formerly served on Arcata’s Economic Development Committee.  Judith has lived, traveled, worked as a planner, and conducted reserach 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 continue 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 he 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.