We believe that lasting change depends not simply on community participation but on community agency and self-determination.
Mary Fifield, founder and former executive director of Amazon Partnerships Foundation, has worked in community health, conservation, and indigenous rights in Latin America for ten years, during five of which she resided in the Ecuadorian Amazon. She is now a consultant for non-profit organizations and foundations based and is board member for the Oregon chapter of the Sierra Club. Previously, she was a senior analyst for an evaluation firm, a communications consultant, and an instructor at San Diego State University, where she received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. Her articles and reviews have appeared in print journals and online forums, including How Matters, and Stir Journal, and her short story “The Cliff Dwellers” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She writes about international development, art, and climate change at Earth in Here.
Susan Studer King brings over a decade of experience in the nonprofit, higher education and international development fields to Amazon Partnerships. Susan worked as as a grassroots organizer, lobbyist and development director at the Ohio Environmental Council for over eight years before working with the Waorani Women’s Association (AMWAE) as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Ecuadorian Amazon from 2007-2009. Susan helped develop environmentally-friendly income generation opportunities for indigenous women through the sale of traditional handicrafts, and she worked on projects including reforestation of native palm species and construction of composting toilets. She is currently the Outreach & Engagement Program Director at Ohio Campus Compact in Granville, Ohio. An Ohio native, Susan grew up on a small farm where she and her family started Buckeye Blooms, a small business growing organic flowers for green weddings and special events.
Jenna Rose is an avid photographer and adventure seeker with a degree in anthropology from the University of North Texas. Passionate about people, places, and animals, Jenna is interested in the intersection between environmental conservation and community. She is a project manager with Gard Communications and brings graphic design, web development, and administrative skills to the Amazon Partnerships team. Jenna’s photography is on view at splashyphoto.