Amazon Frontlines is our name, but more than that, it is the place where we live and work

Our team hails from many parts of the world – mainly from the towns and cities of Europe, North America, and South America. Now, we are living and working in Ecuador’s northern Amazon: a place where the freshwater creeks have been turned into a source of sickness; a place where the oil companies and the government offer “development” in exchange for the oil beneath the ancestral lands of indigenous peoples; a place where thousands of years of indigenous science and spiritual knowledge can disappear in the span of decades.

Our most profound question is how to best, most honestly, most effectively support these struggles.

Our mission is to support the struggles of indigenous peoples to defend their rights to land, life and cultural survival.
We partner with the Ceibo Alliance, an indigenous-led organization comprised of members of the Siona, Secoya, Kofan, and Waorani peoples, who are building a movement in defense of their rights to land, life and cultural survival.

our values

  • We believe that the fight to protect the world’s rainforests cannot succeed without the empowerment and cultural survival of their indigenous inhabitants.
  • We affirm that the realities of indigenous community life and the threats indigenous peoples face in the Amazon cannot be understood without living and sharing in their daily struggles.
  • We realize that indigenous peoples cannot be properly supported without that understanding.
  • We commit to building a successful grassroots movement based on hard work, humility, mutual respect and honest partnership.
  • We believe that the skills, knowledge, and experience that we and our partners gain in this process have the power to change the world.

Founders of Amazon Frontlines and Ceibo Alliance

hernan payaguaje

emergildo criollo

nemonte nenquimo

mitch anderson EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

alicia salazar

our team

ALEJANDRA ALZATE

DIGITAL STRATEGIES MANAGER

ALEX GOFF SENIOR

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

ANGEL GONZALEZ

LEGAL ASSISTANT

ELENA MONOVELLA

DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

INA SHKURTI

LAND PROTECTORS LEAD

GABRIELA BOLIVAR

PARTNERSHIPS COORDINATOR

JEREMY NELSON

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND OPERATIONS

JERÓNIMO ZÚÑIGA

CULTURE TEAM LEADER

JORGE ACERO

LEGAL DEFENDERS PROGRAM COORDINATOR

KATE HORNER

DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

LUCREZIA BOSIO

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

LUSIANA AGUILAR

NATIONAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

LUKE WEISS

MAPING & MONITORING TEAM LEADER

MARÍA ESPINOSA

RIGHTS TEAM LEADER

MARINA WRIGHT

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

MAURICIO LOAYZA

IT LEAD

nicolas kingman

production & communications training lead

nicolas mainville

land protectors lead

paolo solís

hr & operations coordinator

sara skolnick

digital organizer

ylenia torricelli

autonomy & resilience coordinator

sophie pinchetti

external communications manager

board of directors

josh fryday

board treasure

ginger cassady

board president

felicity lark hei-meu

board secretary

raymond garvey

honorary board member / cofounder clearwater project

justin winters

franca sciuto

honorary board member