Shane Stanzel

Shane joined the Sonoran Institute in 2020 and serves as our marketing intern. His responsibilities include delivering and managing online content for the organization’s various communications channels as well as assisting the marketing… MORE ›

Michael Zellner

Michael Zellner joined the Sonoran Institute as chief executive officer in October 2020. Mike has 30 years of experience building award-winning collaborations for global organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, Dow Jones & Co.,… MORE ›

Darcy Hill

Darcy joined the Sonoran Institute as the senior director of development in 2020.  She is responsible for creating and implanting a full-scale strategy for fundraising and donor relations at the organization, including our Hummingbird Circle and corporate partners. Darcy’s… MORE ›

Rocío Torres Moguel

Rocío became the director for Sonoran Institute México in 2019. She oversees operations of the Colorado River Delta programs in our Mexicali office. With 15+ years in project management experience, Rocío has planned… MORE ›

Edlin Nuñez

Edlin joined the Sonoran Institute in 2019 as our human resources & administration manager. A native Tucsonan, she is a graduate of Grand Canyon University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has… MORE ›

Waverly Klaw

Waverly joined the Sonoran Institute in 2019 and is director of Resilient Communities and Watersheds. She leads the Institute’s Colorado-based initiatives, including its Growing Water Smart program, climate resilience work, and water conservation… MORE ›

Kim Egita

Kim joined the Sonoran Institute in 2019 and serves as the chief finance & administration officer. Her primary responsibilities include all aspects of financial operations, financial reporting and forecasting, budgeting, and leadership among… MORE ›

Elizabeth Díaz

Elizabeth Díaz is the ecological estuarine monitoring coordinator. She collects information on ecological environmental parameters to establish the baseline health of monitored sites in the Colorado River estuary, as well as to determine… MORE ›

Luke Cole

Luke became the associate director for Resilient Communities and Watersheds upon joining the Sonoran Institute in 2018. Luke manages the ongoing projects on the Santa Cruz River, working with staff and collaborators to… MORE ›

Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith is a program coordinator working on our Growing Water Smart program, as well as the Santa Cruz River and assorted open space planning projects. She joined the Sonoran Institute in 2017.… MORE ›

Angela Melendez

Angela is the Geographic Information Systems coordinator. She joined the Sonoran Institute in 2016, as a program associate in Phoenix, and moved to Mexicali in 2018 to continue her work with a GIS… MORE ›

Corinne Matesich

Corinne came to the Sonoran Institute in 2017. She works to highlight the mission and vision of the Sonoran Institute, and raise awareness of the projects and programs that improve Western lands, rivers… MORE ›

Rabí E. Hernandez

Rabí is responsible for advising, developing, designing and implementing communication and dissemination strategies for our urban projects in Mexicali, including our Mexicali Fluye campaign. He joined the Sonoran Institute at the end of… MORE ›

Toni Garcia-Bullington

Toni joined the Sonoran Institute staff in 2016 and serves as the executive assistant to the chief executive officer. Her responsibilities include being the primary point of contact for all matters pertaining to… MORE ›

Gabriela González Olimón

Gabriela is the environmental education and investigation coordinator for our Colorado River Delta work at Sonoran Institute Mexico, A.C. in the Mexicali, Baja California. Since joining in 2016, Gaby focuses on promoting ecological… MORE ›

Angelica Cruz Favela

Angelica Favela, associate director, finance, joined in 2016. Her primary responsibilities include compliance, monitoring and financial reporting, budgetary review, and invoicing funders. She works closely with Program Directors and staff to insure that… MORE ›

Tomás Rivas Salcedo

Tomás Rivas Salcedo is the estuarine restoration specialist for the Colorado River Delta and has been working in the program since 2012. Tomás is responsible for the implementation of vegetation, fauna and water… MORE ›