Bernis Cunningham, Executive Director and Founder

Bernis is the founder of Planting Change. He is an active lawyer in Nicaragua and studied Environmental Sustainable Management at UC Berkeley. Bernis is a climate change policy adviser for the United Nations Framework on Climate Change and member of international networks such as Environmental Law Alliance worldwide and Climate Action Network Latin America.  He collaborates with various international NGOs, government delegations, students, teachers, and communities from all parts of the world to develop national and international projects of environmental conservation and human sustainable development.  


Uriel Aguilar Reyes

Uriel provides project management and education for Planting Change. He has a degree in economics from Central American University and has studied project management for NGOs and civil societies.  


Darling Anielka Rodríguez 

Darling is an economist focusing on civil projects.  She has her masters in land development with a focus on social projects and has volunteered with various organizations including UCA (Chateles project), CENICA, and Fundación Padre Fabretto.  She's a member of the Youth Nicaraguan Network of Evaluators.    


Maria Claudia López Campos

Maria provides accounting and communications support for Planting Change.  She is studying agribusiness, finance, and audiovisual communications at the Universidad Nacional Agraria (Nicaragua).



Kajal Below, President

Kajal Below began working with Planting Change through her work with CENICA and Granada International School in Nicaragua, where she began a Green Committee and built a partnership between the two.  As a professional in the educational technology industry, she brings expertise in project management, partnerships, planning, and operations. 


Krista Shennum, Vice President

Krista works to advance climate justice and human rights around the world. She has collaborated with grassroots environmental advocates in 80 countries to protect ecosystems and communities from environmental abuses. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.


Eduardo Mosqueda, Board Member

Eduardo is a lawyer with 8 years of experience in the defense and promotion of third generation Human Rights, with a specific impact on Western Mexico.  He is versed in the legal defense against mega-projects of development in urban and rural communities, as well as, the protection of human rights defenders, promotion of human rights through sustainability education, and public policy.