GCF Task Force Secretariat

Sustainability, Energy & Environment Complex

University of Colorado
4001 Discovery Dr. Suite 340

Boulder, CO 80303


Tel: +1 303 492 3615

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© 2019 by Governors' Climate & Forests Task Force

Meet the gcf Task Force secretariat team


Boulder, Colorado, USA

William Boyd is Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and Professor at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment & Sustainability.  Prior to joining UCLA in 2018, he was Professor and John H. Schultz Energy Law Fellow at the University of Colorado Law School and a fellow of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), a joint institute between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Colorado, Boulder. Professor Boyd teaches and conducts research in the areas of energy law & regulation, climate change law & policy, and environmental law. He received his Ph.D. from the Energy & Resources Group at UC-Berkeley and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. After law school, Professor Boyd clerked for Judge Diana Gribbon Motz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Professor Boyd then served as American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Science Fellow and Counsel on the Democratic minority staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works. He then practiced energy, environmental, and climate change law with the firm of Covington & Burling LLP in Washington DC. Professor Boyd continues to be actively involved in energy and climate change law and policy at state, national, and international levels. 


Boulder, Colorado, USA

Dr. Scanlan Lyons currently serves as the Project Director for the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force and the co-Director of the LEEP Innovation Lab. Scanlan Lyons’ expertise includes project development and management—focusing on the social aspects of climate resilience and forest conservation—and community participation, mobilization, and empowerment. She is an expert in developing experiential and applied educational opportunities that bring together governmental, civil society, and private sector actors to create integrated approaches to forest governance, sustainable livelihood development, and cultural preservation. Scanlan Lyons has worked with and consulted for diverse social-environmental institutions and organizations such as the Climate Reality Project, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Global Greengrants Fund, the City of Boulder Open Space Department, the American Forum for Global Education, and the National Institute for Research in the Amazon. While her geographic expertise lies in Brazil, where she has over twenty years of experience working with organizations in the Amazon and Atlantic Forests, she has also developed projects in Bolivia, Belize, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Uganda, and the United States. Dr. Scanlan Lyons speaks proficient Portuguese, reasonable Spanish, and some French. She is the mother of Max (19), Ella (17) and Maya (14). 


Boulder, Colorado, USA

Luke Pritchard brings over a decade of experience in international development, tropical forestry, natural resource governance, and climate change to the GCF Task Force Secretariat. Prior to joining the GCF Task Force, Luke worked as a policy advisor and researcher in Southeast Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Pacific on initiatives funded by donors, development banks, foundations, and the private sector—focusing on the nexus of deforestation and climate change. Luke has helped develop technical tools for forest carbon accounting and contributed to papers on climate finance, safeguards, monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV), and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Luke currently sits on the Steering Committee of the LEDS GP Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) Working Group and holds an MSc in Agricultural Development and an MSc in Environmental and Forest Sciences.  With the GCF Task Force Luke works regionally with members and coordinators in Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia. Plus, he coordinates the network's work on agricultural supply chain initiatives and deep decarbonization planning.


Boulder, Colorado, USA

Rishi Das joined GCF Task Force as a Program Officer for the 2050 Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project in August 2019. Rishi is an environmental scientist with 12 years of experience in forest ecosystem ecology, natural resource management, climate change and international development. He has worked in 16 countries across Latin America, Africa and Asia on agriculture, watershed management, forestry, disaster risk and resilience, climate change mitigation and REDD+ and conservation/protected area management. Across his professional and academic career, Rishi has worked with a diverse group of institutions, from international agencies and donors (USAID, World Bank, UN-FAO, UNDP), international development consulting firms, national and regional government agencies and civil service professionals, NGOs and civil society (Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, Peoples’ Science Institute, The Trust for Public Land) to local communities and local institutions, cooperatives and associations. Over the past 6 years, Rishi has focused on developing technical tools, capacity building and applied research on measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) for REDD+ and ecosystem services accounting, national land use monitoring systems, and low emissions development strategies. He has received the ESA’s Sustainability Science Award for his work on tropical forest resilience in Mexico, and has published in peer-reviewed journals, white papers and technical guidance manuals on agriculture, forestry and land use change. Rishi has a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia, an M.Esc. in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from the University of California, Berkeley. He was born and raised in Mumbai, and currently lives with his family outside Washington, D.C. 


Brasilia, Brazil

Carlos E. Aragon joins the GCF Task Force in Brazil. He brings more than 25 years of work experience in the Brazilian Amazon and 12 years in the Regional Amazon to the GCF. He has worked for the Amazon state of Acre, the national government, international intergovernmental organizations, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations. His knowledge of the opportunities and challenges associated with each of those sectors makes him a valuable member of the GCF team. Most recently, Aragon worked as Manager of the Program for Innovative Solutions at the Sustainable Amazonas Foundation and as the Coordinator for Climate Change and Sustainable Development at the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization. In those positions, he led and participated in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and fundraising for relevant participative programs and projects to conserve the Amazon rainforest. These programs included: the Forest Cover Monitoring Project in the Regional Amazon; the Sustainable Development of Extractive Reserves Program; and the Project for Indigenous Populations in Boundary Areas. At the international level, Carlos contributed to consensus building on forest, climate change and sustainable development within the framework of the UN system. He is a civil engineer and specialist in finance and development, with an MBA in Financial Administration and an MSc. in Environmental Economics.   


Jakarta, Indonesia

Delon Marthinus joined the GCF Task Force as the Executive Secretary/Country Coordinator for Indonesia in 2018. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the GCF Task Force from his prior 15 years working in the field environmental protection and conservation for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Carbon and Environmental Research Indonesia (CERIndo). While at TNC, Delon was a forestry and climate change specialist in the Indonesia Terrestrial Program working primarily on improving forest management and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. He was very involved in the development of Project Design Documents and the Emission Reduction Program Documents for a wide range of strategic climate change mitigation projects at the national and sub-national levels in collaboration with diverse governmental and non-governmental stakeholders. Delon earned his undergraduate and master's degrees from Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia.   


Lima, Peru

Victor Galarreta has served as the GCF Task Force Country Coordination for Peru since 2016. He has a substantial professional experience in environmental economics, finance, public administration, public - private cooperation, and capital markets. From June 2007 to February 2015, he served as Technical Secretary of the Board of Interregional Coordination of the Interregional Council Amazonian (CIAM), an organization of subnational governments of the Peruvian Amazon. He also holds over thirty-five years of experience as a technical advisor to high-level institutions including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Peruvian National Forest and Wildlife Service (SERFOR), the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Peru, the Agricultural Bank of Peru (AGROBANCO), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), among others. Victor is an economist and has a master's studies from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Lima.  


Mexico City, Mexico

Silvia Llamas is Coordinator of Operations in Pronatura Sur A.C., organization that serves as the GCF Task Force Country Coordinator in Mexico. Silvia is Mexican and has a degree in Biology and a Master´s degree in environmental studies and social development. She has approximately 15 years of experience in institutional strengthening, planning, implementation, supervision and coordination of projects, programs and strategies on conservation and environmental issues. During her professional career, she has collaborated in initiatives focused on environmental conservation, natural resource management and rural development. In the last 5 years, she has had the opportunity to support and participate in regional and international alliances and strategies linked to the Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD +), through low emission rural development and restoration projects. What Silvia enjoys most of her work are the constant challenges that the interaction between environment and social development generate, which encourage her to be in constant search to strengthen her own abilities, and thus her work can have better impacts not only in her professional life but also in her personal life.


Boulder, Colorado, USA

Michelle brings over one decade of experience managing international events, conferences, and fundraising galas, and interfacing with government, the private sector, and non-profit organizations. At the GCF Task Force, Michelle coordinated the Annual Meetings in San Francisco (USA) and Caquetá (Colombia), and the official side events at COP23 in Bonn (Germany) and COP24 in Katowice (Poland). Prior to joining the GCF Task Force, Michelle worked as a Director of Projects at Strategy XXI in New York City, where she assisted Brazilian and U.S businesses, government, and non-governmental organizations in building networks and partnerships, developing public relation strategies, and raising brand visibility. For the past seven years, Michelle has been part of the coordinating team for the Person of the Year Awards Gala Dinner, an event organized by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce honoring two outstanding leaders – one Brazilian and one American – who have been particularly instrumental in forging closer ties between the two nations. She has also worked at the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation at UNDP, and was an intern at the UNESCO liaison office in New York City, while pursuing her Masters in Arts and Public Policy at New York University. Michelle is a native Portuguese speaker, and is fluent in English and proficient in Spanish. Originally from Curitiba, Brazil, she has lived in New York City and Abu Dhabi before moving to Boulder with her husband and two kids.


Boulder, Colorado, USA

Kayla joined the GCF Task Force in September 2019, bringing almost a decade of experience in financial management and operations, external relations, and strategic development. Kayla has a unique background working for small business and most recently in the petroleum department at the Colorado School of Mines, where she started a high school program for underrepresented students. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the University of Colorado Boulder, Kayla is delighted to be back working for her alma mater. Outside of the office, she enjoys traveling and dabbling in new cuisines.


Boulder, Colorado, USA

Joining the GCF Task Force Secretariat team in 2019, Delilah brings a diverse array of analytical, organizational, technical, written communications, and design skills. As a dynamic team member, Delilah supports a broad range of projects, including the Knowledge Database, grant management, project coordination, and communications. Delilah earned a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies, a minor in Business, a minor in Geography, and a certificate in Global Environmental Affairs from the University of Colorado Boulder. Additionally, Delilah has a background in writing consulting and marketing within the bike and ski industry. Outside of the office, Delilah pursues mountain biking and alpine skiing in the beautiful mountains of Colorado and beyond. 


Boulder, Colorado, USA

Micaela is an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado completing a degree in Strategic Communications with a focus on Public Relations and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Micaela was born and raised in La Paz, Bolivia, where she developed her passion for helping others and contributing to environmental initiatives. Micaela is a bilingual student, fluent in both Spanish and English, which has contributed immense benefit to the multiple projects she has been involved with throughout her life—from starting her own organization focused on menstrual education and bringing opportunities to women in Bolivia, to being Assistant Director of Marketing for TEDxCU. Micaela has worked as a Communications Intern at the GCF Task Force for two years, where she focuses on design, social media and website management, and event planning. 


Boulder, Colorado, USA

Giancarlo is an attorney from Santiago, Chile. He joined the GCF Task Force as a Visiting Fellow in June 2019. Giancarlo arrived in Boulder as a Fulbright Scholar to pursue his Master's Degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Law (LL.M.). During his time as a student, he also worked as a graduate research assistant to the Dean of the Law School, James Anaya, on matters related to Indigenous Peoples. Giancarlo has extensive experience in the field of Natural Resources Law, especially environmental law and policy. He has worked in the private and public sectors, most recently in the Chilean law firm, Morales & Besa, advising clients on natural resources and regulatory matters, and prior in the Chilean Ministry of the Environment, in the Department of Environmental Regulation. Giancarlo obtained his J.D. from the University of Chile, where he graduated in the top 4% of his class. He holds a Masters in Law from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He speaks Spanish and English. Outside of work, Giancarlo is an outdoor enthusiast, and particularly enjoys books, music, and coffee.