Board of Directors:
Jon Stryker – Board Chair
Jon Stryker is the founder and president of the Arcus Foundation, a private, global grant-making organization with offices in New York City, Kalamazoo, Mich., and Cambridge, U.K. The Arcus Foundation supports the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights, and the conservation of the world’s great apes. In addition to Save the Chimps, Mr. Stryker is a founding board member of the Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya and Greenleaf Trust bank in Kalamazoo. In 2017, he was named a Patron of Nature by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. He also serves on the boards of his undergraduate alma mater Kalamazoo College and Friends of the High Line, a non-profit organization that funds the maintenance and operations of the High Line park in New York City. Mr. Stryker is a registered architect in the State of Michigan. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kalamazoo College and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.
Stephen Bennett is a founder and Principle with the Caravanserai Project which supports entrepreneurships which have social impact. He started his career as a Peace Corps/VISTA volunteer in South Central Los Angeles in the aftermath of the Watts riots. Mr. Bennett served as the CEO of AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) in the late 1980s to the mid-1990s; and his experience in the early years of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, developing a response, organizing support and building public understanding, greatly impacted his life and later work. He served as CEO of United Cerebral Palsy, an international network of disability advocacy organizations and providers of services for 13 years. He currently is on the Board of the Arcus Foundation where he serves as Treasurer and on the Board of The California Endowment. He has served on various boards, including ANGLE, Leadership 18, and the National Institute for the Severely Handicapped. He is a founding board member of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
Sarah is a retired registered nurse residing near Toronto in Ontario. She is co-founder of the Canadian Whale Institute and has been involved with several cetacean conservation groups since 1992. Sarah supports Salmon Coast Field Station in its efforts to save the wild Pacific salmon on Canada’s west coast. Sarah and her three sisters own and operate Mount Wolfe Farm – a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) on their parents’ farmstead north of Toronto.
Tracey Lovitz, CFP®
Tracey is a Certified Financial Planner™ with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. and has been with the company since 1988. Tracey supports organizations with the mission of animal welfare, wildlife and habitat conservation as well as those that help secure housing for families in need. She has also been an active member and/or board member of organizations that benefit children by funding for child abuse prevention; elementary education for brain safety; and scholarship houses that provide rent free housing for deserving young college students who lack financial resources.
Jason North is Managing Director of Merchant Medicine, LLC a healthcare consulting firm providing thought leadership, strategic planning and operational engagements with health systems across the US. North has served on many not-for-profit boards such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, American Cancer Society, Angels of Charity and the Professional and Business Forum. His committee involvements include; Human Rights Campaign, Hope & Help, Make a Wish Foundation and the March of Dimes.
Mark O’Donnell advises high net worth families on family office issues, including governance, family office operations and procedures, inter generational change; and trust and estates strategies. A passionate environmentalist, Mark serves on the Board of EcoHealth Alliance (formally Wildlife Trust), a non-profit international conservation organization. EcoHealth Alliance is dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity. He is Chair of the Amazon Biodiversity Center (Camp 41) Advisory Board. Camp 41 is a series of research camps set up for the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments, a collaboration between the United States and Brazil founded in 1978 by Dr. Thomas Lovejoy. Mark is also on the Presidents Global Advisory Board at New York University.
Chip resides in San Diego, California and is an investor in commercial real estate. Mr. Owen is an active supporter of animal conservation and environmental projects both in the United States and Africa. Mr. Owen has a degree in finance and serves on the board of several non-profit organizations.
Jim Thomas is Senior Vice President, Supply Management and Purchasing for Darden Restaurants, Inc. Jim also serves on the Board of Directors and the governance committee of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, a private, nonprofit organization that collects and distributes donated food to more than 550 nonprofit partner agencies in six Central Florida counties. Jim serves an executive committee member and education committee member for the Supply Chain Leaders Association and on the executive leadership committee of the Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative.
Jim received a bachelor’s degree in Operations Management from The Pennsylvania State University. He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago. Jim completed the UCLA Anderson School’s director certification in corporate directorship and governance.
Tim resides in San Fransisco and is Vice President of Philanthropy at the San Fransisco Zoo.