Francisco “Paco” Ollervides, Interim 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 focuses his work on the Great Lakes, providing capacity building and organizational development support to organizations across the region working for clean and healthy rivers. Paco’s main interest is to strengthen leaders to ensure organizations’ continuity and success in their campaigns and programs. Paco works with groups in the areas of strategic planning, fundraising, and board development and succession planning.Prior to joining River Network, Paco served as Senior Field Coordinator with the Waterkeeper Alliance advising numerous nonprofit advocacy groups throughout Latin America. He has also served as Director of the School for Field Studies (Center for Coastal Studies) in San Carlos, Mexico and as resident lecturer and adviser in the areas of Economic and Ethical Issues in Sustainable Development, Coastal Ecology, and Resource Ecology and Management (Boston University). He has participated in and presented at numerous professional and academic conferences, both in the U.S. and internationally. Paco is a biochemical engineer and a bioacoustician by training. He has conducted field work assessing 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.