Our Team

  • Leonardo DiCaprio

    Founder and Chairman

    Academy Award® winning actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio is well known for his dedication to the environment on a global scale. As Chairman of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF), he works to protect biodiversity, implement ocean and forest conservation and educate the world about climate change. In addition, he has produced numerous environmentally themed creative projects and documentaries to increase awareness and ignite change. In September 2014, DiCaprio was designated as a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a specific focus on climate change. That same month, DiCaprio was honored with the Clinton Global Citizen Award, participated in history’s largest climate march in New York City and powerfully addressed the UN Summit. In January 2016, DiCaprio was awarded a Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum in Davos for his work to bring global attention to the urgent need to address climate change. Leonardo also serves on the boards of World Wildlife Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, the funders’ collaborative Oceans 5, and International Fund for Animal Welfare.

  • Terry Tamminen

    Chief Executive Officer

    Terry has deep international expertise in business, agriculture, education, public policy and the environment. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and later Cabinet Secretary, the Chief Policy Advisor to the Governor, where Terry was the architect of many groundbreaking sustainability policies, including California's landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, the Hydrogen Highway Network, and the Million Solar Roofs initiative. In 2010 Terry co-founded the R20 Regions of Climate Action, a public-private partnership bringing together subnational governments, businesses, financial markets, NGOs, and academia to implement measurable, large-scale, low-carbon and climate resilient economic development projects that can simultaneously solve the climate crisis and build a sustainable global economy. Since 2007 he has provided advice to Pegasus Capital Advisors and numerous global businesses on sustainability and “green” investing. In 2016, Terry joined the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation as CEO. An accomplished author, Terry's books include “Cracking the Carbon Code: The Keys to Sustainable Profits in the New Economy” (Palgrave Macmillan). In 2011, Terry was one of six finalists for the Zayed Future Energy Prize and The Guardian ranked Terry No. 1 in its “Top 50 People Who Can Save the Planet.”  

  • Justin Winters

    Executive Director

    Justin is the Executive Director of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. Over the past 10 years Justin has helped Leonardo reshape his approach to philanthropy and activism, leveraging his position as a global figure to influence decision-makers and the public on the most pressing environmental issues. The Foundation is dedicated to ensuring the long term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants by building climate resiliency, protecting vulnerable wildlife and restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. Using innovative funding, implementation and communications strategies, Justin has successfully built LDF’s global grantmaking program, awarding over $80 million to over 200 high-impact projects in 50 countries around the world since 2010.  As part of her vision to accelerate both grassroots environmental efforts and more impactful conservation approaches she has created new philanthropic models such as the Elephant Crisis Fund, the Global Partnership for Sharks & Rays (GPSR), the Lion Recovery Fund, and the Fighter and Leadership Funds.  Justin currently serves on the board of Give Clear Water, The Solutions Project, Oceans 5, GPSR, and Global Fishing Watch. 

  • Karl Burkart

    Director of Innovation, Media & Technology

    Karl Burkart is the Director of Innovation, Media & Technology at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, overseeing the foundation’s web and social media properties, the Before the Flood film website, and other initiatives supporting advocacy for key social and environmental issues. He also manages the portfolio of LDF grants that seek to scale innovation in both conservation and grassroots organizing. Karl received his Masters degree in Architecture with a special focus on passive HVAC, energy efficiency, and environmental systems design. He was an early advocate in the green building movement and created an award-winning web tool used by architects and clients such as Kaiser Permanente to inform their sustainable design initiatives. He went on to develop several software applications that help individuals and companies better understand their environmental impact, produced and wrote the Discovery Network’s first online news show for Planet Green, and later led digital advocacy for the TckTckTck campaign, a global network of 500 NGOs working to secure an international climate agreement.

  • Kristina Haddad

    Director, Wildlife and Landscape Conservation

    Kristina Haddad is the Director of the Wildlife and Landscape Conservation Program in North America (Canada, United States, Northern Mexico). In this capacity she works to identify, develop and support effective conservation efforts that protect critical landscapes and wildlife. Incorporated into this work Kristina also seeks to identify and support Indigenous led organizations who are on the frontlines fighting to defend and protect their lands and waterways.

  • Gregory Lopez

    Director, Climate Program

    Gregory directs LDF’s Climate Program grantmaking and investment portfolio, focusing on domestic and international climate change solutions. He previously worked with Seven Generation Advisors, acting as project manager for low-carbon, economic development projects, and as director for a Smart & Sustainable Cities Program. Gregory is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a B.S. degree in Environmental Science, and researched large mammal movement in the Eastern Santa Monica Mountains to identify wildlife crossings in the urban environment.

  • Jill Gravender Matteson

    Director of Innovative Partnerships

    Jill cultivates external partnerships that amplify LDF’s environmental mission and manages initiatives that generate funding to support LDF’s programs. She has over 20 years of experience in environmental policy, nonprofit management, and developing partnerships and collaborations amongst diverse environmental stakeholders. Jill received a B.S. in Economics from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

  • Morgan Moore

    Director, California Program

    Morgan is the California Program Director for LDF. Morgan has nine years of experience in nonprofit program development and implementation, donor relations, and event management. Paired with a deep passion for affecting large-scale change for our generation’s most pressing issues, she works to contribute in a meaningful way to the health of our future.

  • Keith Shattenkirk

    Director, Marine Life & Oceans Conservation

    Keith manages LDF’s Oceans Program grantmaking portfolio, with domestic and international projects across all 5 oceans. Prior to joining LDF, he worked with the National Marine Fisheries Service, focusing on domestic swordfish management on the U.S. West Coast. Keith received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Princeton University and a master’s degree from the UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, completing his thesis on community rights-based management in small-scale fisheries in developing countries.

  • Jenna Cittadino

    Operations Manager

    As Operations Manager, Jenna works closely with the CEO, Executive Director, and Office Manager to ensure the foundation is running smoothly and efficiently. Tasks include managing accounting, analyzing finances and creating reports, helping with the creation of organizational budgets, and supporting the CEO and Executive Director as needed with various tasks and research.

  • Kate Thomas

    Program Coordinator

    Kate supports the Executive Director in all programmatic activities, with a special focus on the international wildlife and landscape portfolio. She has previously worked with the UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability, the RAND Corporation and Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences. Kate received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, with a focus on primate studies, and a Master of Public Administration, Environmental Policy, both from Texas Tech University. 

  • Olivia Esse

    Program Assistant, Innovative Partnerships

    As the Program Assistant for the Innovative Partnerships team, Olivia assists with planning and executing fundraising activities and managing donor relations. She also helps to cultivate corporate partnerships and expand LDF’s fundraising reach. Olivia graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 with a degree in Psychology and interned at a fundraising startup before joining the LDF team.

  • April Gilbert

    Executive Assistant

    April supports Terry Tamminen directly as his Executive Assistant. Before joining LDF, April worked previously as a Community Manager, where she enjoyed building relationships and fostering collaboration between members. An avid backpacker, she believes that the more we can connect with nature, the more we can connect with ourselves and each other. April received her Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

  • Orquidea Hale

    Office Manager

    Orquidea ensures that office operations run smoothly and that organizational procedures are effective and efficient. She has a B.S. in Business Management from San Francisco State University where she developed a passion for environmentally sustainable business practices, especially within the food industry.

Through collaborative partnerships, we support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. Our work is divided into six main program areas – Wildlands Conservation, Oceans Conservation, Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, Transforming California, and Innovative Solutions.

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