Team Members

  • Justin Winters

    Executive Director

    Over the past decade, Justin has shaped the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation’s strategic direction and initiated and expanded Leonardo's communications channels - successfully leveraging his global platform to influence decision-makers and the public on pressing environmental issues. She played a key role in his designation as a UN Messenger of Peace on Climate Change in 2014 and in the making of the 2016 documentary film, Before the Flood. Justin introduced One Earth at the World Economic Forum summit in Davos in January 2019, with the launch of the OE Climate Model garnering nearly 1 billion impressions, securing coverage and commentary across global media outlets. As part of an effort to forge stronger links between science, environmental campaigning and popular culture, Justin was instrumental in the release of the Global Deal for Nature plan and petition calling for a new pact to safeguard the planet’s biodiversity, and the “Earth” song by Lil Dicky with 20 major musical artists - driving 100 million views on YouTube, over 12 billion earned media impressions and 1 billion social media impressions. A pioneer of a collaborative approach to environmental philanthropy within LDF, Justin has successfully built out the foundation’s grant-making program and overseen awards of over $100 million to more than 200 high-impact projects in 60 countries. She currently serves on the boards of Amazon Frontlines, The Solutions Project, Oceans 5, Shark Conservation Fund, and Global Fishing Watch.

  • Karl Burkart

    Managing Director

    Karl oversees production and distribution of content across the website and social media properties of One Earth and affiliated initiatives, including Before the Flood, We Love the Earth, CarboTax and numerous action funds. He manages the portfolio of scientific research and development grants provided to NGOs and academic institutions across the fields of climate, energy, biodiversity and agriculture. And he also leads the foundation’s technology program, which seeks to scale innovation in big data applications, remote sensing, and artificial intelligence to accelerate and scale land and ocean conservation efforts. Prior to his work at the foundation, Karl created ‘Greendig’, a blog exploring the intersection between innovative technology and environmental sustainability, produced and wrote ‘Planet 100’, the Discovery Network’s first online news show, and led digital advocacy for the TckTckTck campaign, a global network of more than 450 NGOs working to secure an international climate agreement. Karl is a co-author on “A Global Deal for Nature: Guiding Principles, Milestones, and Targets”, a paper published in Science Advances in 2019 that sets out the evidence base for One Earth’s ambitious conservation agenda. He was also a contributor to “100% Clean and Renewable Wind, Water, and Sunlight All-Sector Energy Roadmaps for 139 Countries” published in Joule in 2017.

  • Edward Bell

    Program Manager

    Edward manages the digital and social media platforms for One Earth, Before the Flood, The Forest and Sea Fund, and The Shark Conservation Fund. Previously, he was the social media lead for the Global Call for Climate Action. He has specialized in building and and expanding digital presences for climate coalitions and environmental groups since 2012. He lives in sunny Los Angeles with his partner and their collection of exotic terrariums, unconventional pets, and a ridiculous amount of comic books.

  • Oscar Alarcón

    Product Engineer

    Having worked developing several NGO’s digital strategies and infrastructure, Oscar is a digital guru that takes care of One Earth digital development coordination. Oscar also runs a Digital Development startup with offices located in México supporting local and global NGO’s digital needs. When he's not coding he’s probably playing bass with some local band or taking a bicycle ride at the beach.

  • Edith Espejo

    Program Associate

    Edith has a B.S. in Environmental Biology and minor in Regenerative Studies from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. There she helped develop a mobile food pantry, ethnobotany workshops, and spearheaded food justice and diversity ambassador initiatives on campus. She is passionate about grassroots organizing and the intersections of the environment and social equity.

  • Patrick Stephen Brown

    Digital Media Producer

    Patrick is a content producer who specializes in video editing, web and graphic design, and online presence. He has worked with numerous clients, most notably: The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, Bruning Law Group, The Nebraska American Civil Liberties Union, The Office of the New York State Attorney General, and Author Pamela L. Newton. Patrick is an alumni of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he was a Warren Buffet Scholar. After years of working in the industry he decided to follow his childhood dream to study the craft of cinematography at The Los Angeles Film School. 

  • Channing Sargent

    Writer, Content Producer

    Channing Sargent hails from Salt Lake City. She has a master’s degree in creative writing from USC, a bachelor’s in acting from NYU, and is a Gabriel García Márquez cultural journalism fellow. She covers obscure cultures, travel, environment, the arts and (extra)ordinary people for various publications, including LA Weekly, LA Magazine, LA Downtown News, and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. She also works as a digital content producer and strategist.

  • Kartik Chandramouli

    One Earth Fellow, India

    Kartik Chandramouli from Mumbai, India is the Digital Content Editor at Mongabay-India. He works with a network of video contributors to produce and edit videos about environment and conservation. He has also directed and shot a few assignments, including stories from Sundarbans about the changing relationship between environment and people through an Earth Journalism Network grant. He was selected for National Geographic’s Out Of Eden Slow Journalism workshop and developed a photo story on urban floods. His work also includes creating graphics and maps. Kartik’s aim is to use multimedia to effectively communicate stories about the environment. Before joining a news organisation a year ago, he worked in digital advertising for 6 years designing brand campaigns and websites. He led the design team for the latter part of those years. 

  • Anna Desmarais

    One Earth Fellow, Canada

    Anna Desmarais is a Canadian radio producer and a freelance political journalism correspondent. An early career professional journalist, Anna has worked for newsrooms across Canada and around the world, with bylines for CBC News, Bloomberg BNA, TRT World News, Toronto Star, iPolitics, Global News and the Ottawa Citizen. Her career took her to Toronto, Kathmandu and Edmonton before she landed back in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, in 2018. Anna is still a recent graduate of Carleton University’s Bachelor of Journalism program but she hopes to eventually become a foreign correspondent who covers the world’s most pressing global issues. 

  • Naomi Larsson

    One Earth Fellow, European Union

    Naomi is a freelance journalist based in London covering the environment, foreign affairs and culture for a number of British and international outlets. She has covered stories around the world, reporting on farming in Kenya, the Venezuelan migration crisis, and biodiversity in Colombia. Before becoming freelance, she was a writer and commissioning editor on the Guardian's global development network, and contributed to their award-winning series on elephant conservation. She has a masters in journalism from City University London, specialising in humanitarian reporting, and in 2019 she was a winner of MHP's young journalists awards. 

  • Janet Murikira

    One Earth Fellow, Kenya

    Janet Murikira is an environment and conservation journalist based in Mombasa, Kenya. The Finance graduate works for Baraka FM  where she has been on the forefront in ensuring environment stories are given the space and coverage they deserve. Her work has regularly been published in other media houses that include Deutsch Press Agentur and Environment newsiste Mongabay. Janet who is an Annual Journalism Excellence Awards 2018 finalist is also one of the 18 African fellows of the Giants Club Conservation Journalism fellowship where she has majorly reported on issues and emerging trends in environment conservation in Kenya.

  • Julian Reingold

    One Earth Fellow, Argentina

    Born in Argentina in 1988, Julian Reingold holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and is currently a student of MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development at University College London (UCL). Fiction writer since an early age, he has shifted from journalism as a hobby to a constant commitment to discuss climate change reality in his homeland, a challenge that still has a long way to go as natural disasters remain outside of the Government’s priorities. After traveling across many Latin American countries, he believes in the possibility of uniting efforts in the region to avoid ecological breakdown by acknowledging the indigenous wisdom of nature and supporting the new ways of social protest in the digital age.