Alan Hamilton Ph.D
Founder & Executive Director
Alan Hamilton holds a BA in Mythological Studies from Colorado College, an MA in Liberal Arts Education from Saint John’s College, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. His professional work has been quite varied, including many years working as a psychologist, house builder, marketing consultant and community organizer around river conservation and other environmental issues. One of Alan’s strengths is his ability to find interdisciplinary connections that bring new perspectives and possibilities to difficult situations. He has been writing and lecturing on the link between environmental degradation and cultural depression and the notion that mental health and environmental health are one and the same. A native of Colorado, he has lived in Santa Fe, NM since 1981 with his wife Sarah and daughters Emma and Laura. Along with his family, the cultures, rivers, and landscapes of New Mexico have become primary sources of inspiration which motivates and informs his work. Dr. Hamilton is presently working as the NM state wetlands coordinator with Duck’s Unlimited after leaving his position as Conservation Director for New Mexico Wildlife Federation. He is also on the board of directors of several organizations including: The New Mexico Water Dialogue, Rio Grande Restoration and the S.B. Foundation. Dr. Hamilton has recently retired his private therapeutic practice after 18 years as a practicing psychologist but is still providing qualitative consulting to business and organizations on a contractual basis through In-Sight Consulting.
After more than 10 years in private practice as a natural resource attorney, Todd Lopez now serves as Executive Director of SEED: Source for Educational Empowerment and Community Development, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering individuals towards greater self-fulfillment, protection of the natural environment and service of the community at large (www.seednm.org). SEED is currently engaged in administration of the Inspire Santa Fe youth mentorship program (www.inspiresantafe.org) and expanding its programming. In addition, Todd has served on the Board of Directors of several New Mexico non-profit organizations on issues involving youth, education, health and the environment.
Steve Harris is executive director of Rio Grande Restoration non-profit river conservation group dedicated to protection of the ecological and economic values provided by the Rio Grande. In this capacity, he writes, speaks and advocates for the resolution of river issues, especially policies to protect flowing water. He has participated in river restoration projects, such as the Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program, in public policy forums, such as regional water planning and presently manages the Rio Chama Flow Project. He is also, since 1976, the owner of the river touring company Far-Flung Adventures, which has introduced thousands of persons to the Rio Grande. He resides in a small riverside village in northern New Mexico, at the bottom end of the acequia del ojo.