| Kristine McDivitt Tompkins and Douglas Tompkins |
American conservationists Kristine McDivitt Tompkins and the late Douglas Tompkins (1943–2015) have achieved unprecedented success as national park-focused philanthropists. In more than a quarter-century of work to save wildlife and wild habitat, they and their Tompkins Conservation team—in partnership with governments and other philanthropists—have helped protect more than 14 million acres in Chile and Argentina. The Tompkinses’ record of accomplishment in landscape-scale conservation comes after successful careers in business, she as the former CEO of the Patagonia clothing company and he as the founder of The North Face and cofounder of Esprit clothing companies. After turning their entrepreneurial talents to saving nature, the couple developed numerous conservation and restoration projects, including a program that has reintroduced several regionally extinct species including giant anteaters and pampas deer to their native habitat. Under Kris Tompkins’s sole leadership since 2015, Tompkins Conservation has accelerated its pace of national park creation and expanded its organizational focus to include advocacy for marine protected areas. Widely lauded for their conservation philanthropy, Kris and Doug Tompkins are the recipients of many awards, and Kris was the first conservationist to be awarded the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. In 2018 she was named the United Nations’ Global Patron for Protected Areas.
| Douglas Tompkins |
Douglas R. Tompkins (1943–2015) was a wilderness advocate, mountaineer, organic farmer, philanthropist, and conservationist. As the founder of The North Face and cofounder of the Esprit clothing company, he devoted his formidable energies to business. As a mountain climber and whitewater kayaker he completed first ascents and first river descents on multiple continents. After leaving business and endowing a group of family foundations, he became one of the foremost conservation philanthropists in history, using his wealth to acquire, aggregate, and then donate private land to the national park systems of Chile and Argentina. For decades he worked alongside his wife, Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, to restore degraded farms and to establish large-scale protected areas. Deeply devoted to biocentric activism, Doug was a key funder and thinker behind numerous groups and campaigns, and his private farmlands helped to advance the frontiers of agroecological thinking and practice. He died in 2015 after a kayaking accident in Patagonia.
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| Kristine McDivitt Tompkins |
Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, former CEO of the Patagonia clothing company, is the cofounder and president of Tompkins Conservation. She was a key figure behind the establishment of Monte León National Park in Argentina and Patagonia National Park in Chile, as well as other conservation projects. For decades she also worked with her husband, Doug Tompkins, to model a new agroecological paradigm by operating organic farms and ranches in Chile and Argentina. She serves in various positions of global leadership in conservation, including as Chair of National Geographic Society’s Last Wild Places campaign. She received the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in 2017 and was named the UN Environment Patron of Protected Areas in 2018.
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Cofounder and President of Tompkins Conservation
Kristine McDivitt Tompkins is the cofounder and president of Tompkins Conservation and the UN Patron of Protected Areas. The former CEO of Patagonia, Inc, she has spent the last 27 years protecting and restoring Chile and Argentina’s wild beauty and biodiversity through creating national parks, restoring wildlife, inspiring activism, and fostering economic vitality as a result of conservation. A key figure behind the establishment of 11 national parks and two marine parks in Argentina and Chile, she has helped to protect approximately 14.2 million acres through Tompkins Conservation and its partners. Along with her late husband Douglas Tompkins, the visionary behind these conservation projects who passed away in 2015, she is considered one of the most successful national park–oriented philanthropists in history. In 2017, she received the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. A global leader in conservation, she currently serves as Chair of National Geographic Society’s Last Wild Places campaign.
Rewilding Manager, Tompkins Conservation Chile
Cristián was born in Santiago but grew up primarily in Brazil until returning to Chile to study veterinary medicine at the University of Chile in Santiago. He oversees the wildlife recovery and monitoring programs in Patagonia National Park and helps manage the park’s community and institutional relations. He joined the team in 2005.
Director of Rewilding Argentina
Sofía has been on our team since 2005 and has led the coordination and strategic planning of numerous conservation and restoration programs, for which she’s established management policy with provincial and municipal governments. She received a degree in biological sciences from the Universidad C.A.E.C.E. in Buenos Aires.
Conservation Director, Rewilding Argentina
Since 2015, Sebastián has been the conservation director of Rewilding Argentina (formerly known as CLT-Argentina). He is in charge of the restoration of species and environments in Iberá Park, El Impenetrable National Park, and Patagonia Park. He is a biologist and previously directed provincial protected areas for the government of the province of Neuquén.
Tompkins Conservation Chile
Born in Santiago, Carolina worked as the Tompkinses’ personal assistant for 22 years. She now directs all Tompkins Conservation’s projects in Chile. She’s based out of the TC Chile offices in the city of Puerto Varas, the gateway to Chilean Patagonia.
Conservation Director, Tompkins Conservation Chile
Ingrid studied forestry at the University of Chile, Santiago, and joined the team in 2001 to help develop the Alerce 3000 project at Pumalín Park. Ingrid runs the land research, acquisition, and mapping programs. She also leads the marine conservation project. She currently lives in El Amarillo, in the southern sector of Pumalín Douglas Tompkins National Park.
Managing Director, Tompkins Conservation
For close to 30 years, Mark has served as a global conservation leader. He has supported many of the largest nature protection projects in the Americas and across the globe. Mark previously served as Chief Conservation Officer at The Nature Conservancy. He also served as President of the ClimateWorks Foundation. Mark earned both his J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Development Officer, Tompkins Conservation
Gwen has 25 years of experience as a nonprofit leader, fundraising professional, and small business entrepreneur. Her previous experience includes leading the Nature Conservancy’s Latin America Region development team. She has degrees in international studies and psychology and a Master of Public Administration, with focus on nonprofit leadership and fund development. Gwen lives in the Flint Hills of Kansas.
Director of Strategy and Partnerships, Rewilding Argentina
Luli Masera was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She joined the team in 2017 and co-founded the Tompkins Conservation network’s marine conservation program in Argentina. She studied Environmental Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, specializing in detection and restoration of environmental impacts.
Program Outreach Manager, USA
Nicole joined Tompkins Conservation in 2017. She previously worked at the National Geographic Society and cofounded a political organizing group dedicated to creating opportunities for volunteers to participate in grassroots democracy. Nicole graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Syracuse University with degrees in geography, policy studies, and Spanish, which she studied in Chile, Ecuador, and Spain.
Development & Public Affairs Director, Tompkins Conservation Chile
Eugenio was born in Santiago de Chile. He studied Political Science at the Catholic University of Chile and holds a Master's degree in Public Policy. As an Eisenhower Fellow, he focused on environmental philanthropy and conservation in the United States. He currently leads "Amigos de los Parques" (the Friends of the Parks of Patagonia organization).
Global Communications Coordinator
Carolyn joined Tompkins Conservation following a freelance career as a journalist based in the Southern Cone. She has contributed to over 50 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, including Trekking in the Patagonian Andes, and her work has appeared in magazines, anthologies, and online publications. As a Fulbright fellow, she documented cultural changes in Patagonia.
Born and raised in Argentina, Dani studied biology and joined the team in 2019, after four years of corporate experience in marketing. She got her undergraduate degree in Universidad Nacional de La Plata and a PhD in Biological Sciences at The George Washington University. Dani now lives in Buenos Aires, where running and yoga keep her spirits up.
Development Associate, USA
Born in Santiago, Chile, Paola discovered her love for conservation while working as a trekking guide and expedition manager in Torres del Paine National Park. Paola has an M.A. in Management and Consumer Behavior from The University of Chicago and a B.S. in Psychology from Andrews University.
Lupe was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she studied International Relations. Prior to joining Tompkins Conservation, Lupe co-founded Minkai, a nonprofit dedicated to promote equal educational opportunities in disadvantaged communities in northern Argentina. She later joined TECHO, a youth-led nonprofit that works on poverty alleviation in slums across Latin America, and launched the NYC office, from where she led the organization’s international fundraising efforts.
Laura was born and raised in Buenos Aires where she later studied business administration. Driven by her own passion for conservation, Laura joined the CP team in 2001; currently, she is in charge of the administration, accounting, and taxes for all Tompkins profit and nonprofit work in Argentina.
Development Associate, Tompkins Conservation Chile
Born in Santiago, Chile, Marcela studied Hispano-American literature at the Universidad de Chile and journalism at Universidad Católica de Chile. Prior to joining the team in 2016, Marcela worked for over a decade in different projects related to conservation and tourism in Chilean Patagonia. She leads guest services and development efforts for Chile.
Controller, Tompkins Conservation Chile
Luis holds an MBA and is a certified public accountant and auditor. His professional experience includes teaching auditing classes and working for Ernst & Young. He enjoys spending time outside, teaching classes, and staying active through soccer and running.
Finance Director, USA
Debbie sits on the board of directors of Tompkins Conservation and is the finance director for all of the Tompkins family office, private, and philanthropic efforts. She began her career in public accounting as a C.P.A. specializing in taxation and was the chief financial officer of Esprit de Corp (founded by Doug Tompkins) for six years.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Esther is a certified public accountant with a Master’s degree in Taxation. She worked with Doug at Esprit for many years and has worked on the Tompkins Conservation team for over 20 years.
Quincey Tompkins Imhoff
Nicolás Ibañez, Jr.
John van der Stricht
Tompkins Conservation implements its projects through a nonprofit network including Tompkins Conservation Chile and Rewilding Argentina.
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