Sustainability Leaders Network, Programs Manager
Dominic is a convener, collaborator, and researcher who brings together diverse action teams to address pressing sustainability challenges. He is facile with group processes and able to thrive within different cultures and sectors. Dominic cares deeply about the Earth, the community of life, and future generations, and envisions a world that is just, sustainable, and peaceful.
As Programs Manager at Sustainability Leaders Network (SLN), he helps increase connectivity and collaboration among the Fellows Network and supports the design and facilitation of leadership curricula for emerging and established sustainability leaders. Before coming to SLN, Dominic worked as the Sustainability Institute‘s first Fellows Network Coordinator. He also participated in the Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows Program as a Fellow. Previously, he worked in Costa Rica and Sweden with Earth Charter International, where he connected and catalyzed a global sustainability network of students and young professionals in over 70 countries.
Dominic engages in water and climate change research, recently publishing a feature article with colleagues from the International Water Management Institute entitled Climate Change in a Small Transboundary Tributary of the Syr Darya Calls for Effective Cooperation and Adaptation in the Mountain Research and Development Journal. He is currently co-editing a volume for Earthscan / Routledge on adaptation to climate change impacts through water resources management, funded by Brown’s International Advanced Research Institute. Dominic earned his MA in Environmental Security and Peace from the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, MA in Teaching from Brown University, and BA in Comparative Literature (English, French, and German) from Stanford University.
Originally from Germany, he was raised in the USA and now lives with his wife and 6-year-old twin boys in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.
Dominic published a feature article with colleagues Jusipbek Kazbekov, Murat Yakubov, and Kai Wegerich of the International Water Management Institute entitled Climate Change in a Small Transboundary Tributary of the Syr Darya Calls for Effective Cooperation and Adaptation in the Mountain Research and Development Journal, Vol 32, No 3, September 2012.
With friend and colleague Lisa Jokivirta, Dominic wrote an article entitled We’re in This Together: Five reasons why young people are needed to solve the climate crisis for Monday Developments Magazine, August 2011 issue.
Dominic published a chapter entitled Environmental Injustices, Unsustainable Livelihoods, and Conflict: Natural Capital Inaccessibility and Loss among Rural Households in Tajikistan in Environmental Justice and Sustainability in the Former Soviet Union (MIT Press, 2009), edited by Julian Agyeman and Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger.
See more articles and policy documents written by Dominic and colleagues on youth engagement.
Youth Voices at the Nature Olympics filmed at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, South Korea by Mohammad Masum and the IUCN Media Team, September 2012
In his previous roles as Steering Committee member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication and Convener of the IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability, Dominic played a central role in organizing youth integration and contributions leading up to and during the Congress.
Earth Charter Youth Leadership Team in Ahmedabad, India, produced by Gabriella Monteiro, November 2007
Then International Youth Coordinator, Dominic convened Earth Charter’s first Youth Leadership Team at this International Conference on Environment Education. Gabi was one of the dozen members, one of two representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean.
Updated January 2013.
Expertise: Agriculture and Food, Children and Youth, Climate Change, Environment, Families, Poverty Eradication, Rural, Social Justice, Water
Sector: Education, Nonprofit, Research
Geography: Asia, Brazil, Costa Rica, East, USA, Europe, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, Sweden, Tajikistan, United States, Uzbekistan