Welcoming new board members

The Commons is honored to welcome three new members to our Board of Directors. These trailblazers bring incredible industry knowledge and experience to The Commons.
Common Culture
March 20, 2023
Welcoming new board members

Our newly elected board members will be essential in providing leadership for our team as we continue to build the network and resources necessary to deliver high quality technology services to a growing movement in the environmental sector that values the strategic use of data management and technical strategies to realize environmental goals and outcomes.

Lin Perez

Lin Perez brings a wealth of experience in the field of environmental software development and modeling to The Commons. Lin is an environmental software developer and map enthusiast. Lin leads the Environmental Data Science (EDS) Section at the Academy of Natural Sciences which specializes in watershed modeling, Application Program Interface (API) development, traditional geospatial analysis, and data management for the Delaware River Watershed Initiative. They build mapping applications that help guide and quantify the impact of preservation and restoration investments made in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Lin's primary interest is strategically designing and developing tools that facilitate data-driven and informed decisions by investors and stakeholders. Their goal is to make complex science accessible to investors and diverse stakeholders making on the ground conservation decisions. Lin does research in Decision Support Tools, Watershed Science, Environmental Science and Ecology.  Lin holds a BS in Environmental Biology and MLA in Landscape Architecture from SUNY ESF. Lin will serve as The Commons Treasurer. 

Manuel Merello

Manuel joins our board with a deep portfolio of work in environmental assessments and restoration support in coastal ecosystems. Manuel’s expertise at the nexus of business, technology, and science will be critical at The Commons in building methods to track our value to the environmental movement. Manuel’s work spans the globe, with consultancy provided in Qatar, Spain, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and more. With experience in academic, government, and private sectors and traditional training in both robotics and science disciplines, Manuel recognizes the importance of cross-disciplinary connections and investments to achieve environmental outcomes. Manuel’s cross cutting knowledge and experience brings an entirely new perspective to our board. 

Myra Jackson

Myra Jackson brings a diverse array of experience to The Commons, She is an Electrical Engineer, Organizational Development Professional, Systems Thinker and Master Trainer. She has lived abroad and studied many of the world’s religious and spiritual traditions in service to her lifelong fascination with the belief structures and cosmologies that captivate people and inform their lives.

Myra holds the title of Diplomat of the Biosphere awarded by Stockholm Resilience Centre. She strives to discover the meaning of this title and apply its aspirational premise. Her primary work is focused on the Earth-centric approaches to public policy that recognize the linkage between the wellness of people with a thriving Earth system.  She sees a need for  an ecological economic system  that goes beyond Gross Domestic Products, GDP toward an Earth-metrics that informs  lifestyles in Harmony with Nature.

Linking local and global policy-making, she is a founding wisdom council member of the Gaiafield Project and Subtle Activism Network, and Senior Advisor on Whole Earth Civics and Focal Point on Harmony with Nature with Geoversiv Foundation.

In her role as UN Permanent Representative in New York and Geneva for the Earth Law Center,, Myra serves as the focal point on biodiversity,  climate change and rights of Nature and is a visiting instructor and Mindfulness Fellow with Colorado College.. In 2016, she  facilitated Oprah Winfrey’s Belief series initiative as an official program of the United Nations hosted by the President of the General Assembly. .