Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors are multi-talented and represent varied skills and expertise from land use planning and development, environmental law, and  media.  All share passion for imperiled species and are committed to advancing our work.

Ken Sanchez, Chairman

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Ken Sanchez is a Senior Associate Biologist with WRA, Inc. and is considered a national expert in section 7 Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation and conservation banking.  Ken has more than 28 years of experience in state and federal government services including the California Department of Fish and Game – Marine Resources, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  In addition to his significant field work and regulatory experience, Ken has lectured and taught to a variety of audiences on ESA consultation.

Ken is known for his balanced approach to regulatory permitting and can collaborate with both project proponents and regulators to find solutions that work for both sides.  His calm demeanor and innovative ideas related to environmental regulations and mitigation have led to many successful outcomes.

James M. Harter, Treasurer

As former Senior Vice President at Newhall Land and Farming Company, Mr. Harter was responsible for the planning, governmental approval and environmental permitting of major planned communities and successfully negotiated with the Center for Natural Lands Management the dedication, endowment and management of over 6,000 acres of open space in the Newhall Ranch planned community.

In his former position as Vice President and Project Manager at the Baldwin Company, Mr. Harter was responsible for the planning and governmental approval process of land development projects in numerous Southern California communities and counties as well as the creation and commitment of that company to the construction of a multi-million dollar transportation corridor.

While with Chevron Mr. Harter managed the planning and analytic group of the land development subsidiary and negotiated acquisitions of land and investment properties. Prior to that he held several positions within financial departments of the corporation and of the major domestic subsidiary Chevron USA.

Mr. Harter is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and served in the United States Army for five years. While at West Point he earned All American honors in NCAA Wrestling. He later earned a MBA from the Graduate School of Business at the University of California Berkeley (Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary Society). Mr. Harter was awarded the Volunteer Fund Raiser of the Year by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Red Cross while serving on its board of directors. He also is a volunteer instructor of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Family-to-Family class.

Richard Burgi

bod_rburgiRichard began his career studying in New York. He worked in theatre, soaps and commercials before moving to California.  There he worked many nighttime dramas and comedies.  He starred in the series One West Waikiki with Cheryl Ladd then went on to four seasons on The Sentinel.

After working guest and recurring roles on shows such as Seinfeld, 24, The District, Just Shoot Me, Judging Amy as well as Desperate Housewives for most of the shows run.  Richard’s filmography credits include; In Her Shoes, Hostile 2, Fun With Dick and Jane, and Cellular.  However, his most rewarding and challenging role is that of a father.

Richard has been a lifelong birdwatcher and environmentalist.  He has been instrumental in raising money for many conservation groups including National Audubon Society, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Yellowstone Ecological Survey, Orange County Birds of Prey Center and Moonridge Animal Shelter.  Richard is thrilled and honored to be a board member of The Center for Natural Lands Management.

David C. Lee

David works in the field of Energy Finance at a German bank in London, which invests in infrastructure projects throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.  In this context, he performs regular environmental analyses to ensure that potential investments comply with international standards like the Equator Principles, fairly reflect the interests of relevant stakeholders, and align with environmental best practice across their lifecycle.  He has a particular interest and expertise in the development of renewable energy assets, a sustainability focus that mirrors CNLM’s conservation mission.

A Southern California native, David looks forward to bringing his finance experience and global perspective to bear on the maintenance of his home state’s natural landscape.

Susan K. Moore

bod_moore2In 2013, I retired from Federal service, having over 35 years of experience.

From 2006 until 2013, I served as the Field Supervisor for the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office (SFWO).

During my tenure, the SFWO was the largest field office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI).  It had responsibility for administering programs for endangered species, habitat conservation, water resources, and environmental contaminants for half of California – the western side of the Sierra Nevada, the Central Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area, an area that is home to both 14 million people and 190 species of plants and animals that are protected under the Federal Endangered Species Act.

I moved to the SFWO in 1999, working first in External Affairs, then as the Listing branch chief before becoming Deputy Field Supervisor.

Prior to going to the SFWO, I served 14 years in the National Park Service.  I served as the Executive Director of the John Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Rhode Island, the first partnership park in the National Park Service from 1996 to 1999.  Prior to that, I served as the first woman superintendent of Antietam National Battlefield, where I worked from 1990 to 1996.  I also worked at Manassas National Battlefield from 1985 to 1990.

I worked in Washington, D.C. for the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks from 1981 to 1985.

Earlier I worked for the Department of the Interior in the Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service and the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation from 1975 to 1981.

I live in the foothills outside of Sacramento with my husband, a retired National Park Service manager, where we enjoy camping, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities.

Laurel Rayburn

Laurel Rayburn, Board MemberLaurel manages an educational technology company in Seattle, WA, which includes a website specifically devoted to hiking trails throughout the United States.  She brings to the board a background in academic literary studies, including experience in writing, research, and teaching at the college level.  As a scholar in American poetry, she believes that literature is one of the best tools we have to communicate environmental values.

Growing up in California, Laurel spent countless days hiking, camping, and exploring California state parks and wildlands.  Now in Washington State, she spends her weekends backpacking in the Cascades or hiking on the Peninsula.  She is also involved with other nonprofit groups in Seattle, including Freedom Education Project Puget Sound and Yoga Behind Bars.

Rick Rayburn

Rick has 35 years of experience in natural resource land management and land acquisition with California State Parks (Sacramento), and environmental land use planning and regulatory work at the California Coastal Commission (North Coast).  He found great satisfaction in achieving resource protection through joint efforts with federal, State and local conservation entities.  He authored the policies towards managing the adaptation of natural resources and land acquisition strategies in light of climate change for the State in 2010.

Retired, Rick continues efforts to preserve the natural diversity of the California landscape through volunteer means and leisure time.  He serves as Chair of the Board of Governors for Santa Lucia Conservancy in Carmel Valley.  In 2016, he developed land acquisition policies and priorities for the California Wildlife Conservation Board.  Recently, he began writing poetry, primarily of outdoor California.  Periodically, he critiques plein-aire art, with experience in landscapes of southern France.

 David C. Thoreau

David C. Thoreau is a well-respected media expert and writer.  His experience spans 30 years and includes writing for both film and television, including Side Out, Walker Texas Ranger, The Sentinel, Murder She Wrote, and Miami Vice. Mr. Thoreau won the First Lady’s Excellence in Television Award for his Highway to Heaven script “Parent’s Day.”  In addition, Mr. Thoreau has written multiple novels, including City at Bay, The Satanic Condition and the Jimmy Lujack thrillers The Good Book and The Book of Numbers.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English from UCLA.  He resides in Orange County, California.