December 12-15, 2022

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Executive Planning Committee

Shonté Jenkins

Shonté Jenkins

ACES 2022 Co-Chair
Science Information Specialist, U.S. Geological Survey

Shonté Jenkins is the Science Information Specialist at the US Geological Survey (USGS) Science and Decisions Center (SDC) in Reston, VA. While at the center Shonté has been instrumental in producing products, which communicate the many efforts and projects by the SDC scientists within the center through print and digital media. Shonté is passionate about early education outreach and bringing more diversity to science. She pursues these efforts for the center and across the USGS as a member for the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Accessibility (DEIA) Council. Shonté has served an active role in the A Community on Ecosystem Services (ACES) conferences as a program and planning committee member since 2012 and more recently as Co-Chair. In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Shonté considers her greatest accomplishments being a mother, wife, and woodworker loving life in beautiful and rural Northern VA.

Dr. Emily Pindilli

Dr. Emily Pindilli

ACES 2022 Co-Chair
Director, Science and Decisions Center, and Chief Economist, U.S. Geological Survey

Emily Pindilli is the Director of the Science and Decisions Center, and Chief Economist for U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia. Dr. Pindilli joined USGS in 2012 and has focused on a diverse portfolio of environmental and informational economics research topics including: the value of scientific information; ecosystem services assessment and valuation; methods to integrate multi-disciplinary analyses to support land use decision-making; lifecycle analyses of resource development and conservation; and environmental markets. Prior to joining USGS, Dr. Pindilli worked in the private sector where she analyzed the value of earth observations, intelligent transportation systems, biofuels sustainability, and assessed conventional and unconventional fuels issues. She earned her B.A. in economics from James Madison University and a M.S. in environmental science and policy and PhD in environmental policy focusing on environmental economics from George Mason University.

Dr. Christopher G. Hartley

Dr. Christopher G. Hartley

Senior Environmental Markets Analyst
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Office of Environmental Markets

Dr. Christopher Hartley is responsible for the development of policy, tools, and metrics to facilitate private investment in conservation and the participation of farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners in emerging environmental markets. He previously worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Washington, DC and in California building partnerships to accelerate voluntary conservation and served with the U.S. Peace Corps as an agricultural extension agent in Senegal, West Africa. He is a Certified Crop Advisor, and a licensed Pest Control Advisor with more than 25 years of experience working in support of production agriculture and the promotion of clean air, clean water, and a safe and abundant food supply. Dr. Hartley earned a Ecology, emphasis Agroecology, M.Sc. Agronomy, MSc. International Agricultural Development from the University of California at Davis.


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