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.
Arasí is the organization's environmental engineer. She has taken charge of the installation of a laboratory for water quality analysis in the different rural communities. She also teaches scientific research workshops in elementary schools.
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.