Francisco “Paco” Ollervides, Executive Director

Francisco Ollervides is better known as “Paco,” a common nickname in Mexico where he was born and raised. For over 18 years, Paco has enjoyed helping nonprofit organizations think and act strategically by improving their efficiency and efficacy. He joined Green Leadership Trust as interim Executive Director in May 2019. He focuses his work on building power in the environmental arena. He leads capacity building and development support to people of color and indigenous people serving boards of environmental groups across the country. Paco’s main interest is to strengthen these leaders to ensure organizations’ continuity and success.
Prior to joining Green Leadership Trust, Paco advised groups in the areas of strategic planning, fundraising, board development and succession planning as Leadership Development Manager with River Network. He served as Senior Field Coordinator with the Waterkeeper Alliance advising nonprofit advocacy groups throughout Latin America. He directed the School for Field Studies in San Carlos, Mexico and was a resident lecturer and adviser in the areas of Economic and Ethical Issues in Sustainable Development, Coastal Ecology, and Resource Ecology and Management. Paco is a biochemical engineer and a bioacoustician by training. He assessed the impacts of boat noise on gray whale behavior. Paco holds both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Department at Texas A&M University. Paco is based near Columbus, Ohio. In his free time, he likes to go on long walks in the woods with his entire family, travel, and savor local cuisine and history.