Who We Are

M17.jpegMaggie Kaplan ITP Founder and Executive Director
Maggie oversees the day-today operations and drives strategy for Invoking The Pause.  After participation in The Philanthropy Workshop West, a nine-month donor education program in 2007, Maggie launched ITP to catalyze new strategies to address climate challenge issues.  Born from her desire to help sustain the health and vitality of our planet and steward the preservation of its ecological integrity, ITP is an early-stage incubator that seeks to seed new ideas, nurture networks, and spark collaborations.

The evolution of ITP has been informed by Maggie's work supporting several environmental projects, women's economic empowerment, scientific and technological research, wildlife conservation, expressive arts and spirit, and education of "the best and the brightest".  Prior to launching this small grants organization, Maggie was a corporate attorney and then a social change agent.  She is passionate about preserving the beauty of our world for future generations, and spends some of her spare time creating works of beauty (painting, encaustics, printmaking and mixed media), a few of which can be found throughout the website.

Advisory Committee:

Kristin Coates - Senior Director, SecondMusekristin_1.jpeg
As a Senior Director at SecondMuse, Kristin is dedicated to systems transformation through social entrepreneurship, sustainable business, and fostering cross-sector collaboration. Kristin uses experience design, systems thinking, and cross-sector network cultivation to drive local, national, and global change. Prior to SecondMuse, she raised more than $65M to design and develop dozens of award winning sustainable tourism destinations across the globe. Each destination championed local economies, local conservation, and local culture through every touch point of the guest experience.

Brock Dolman - Co-Founder; Program Director, Occidental Arts & Ecology
Brock Dolman is a wildlife biologist and is nationally recognized as a restoration ecologist and renowned innovator in watershed management and Permaculture design.  Brock integrates wildlife biology and watershed ecology with education about regenerative & Just design as a Life Literacy Coach towards illuminating what it is to live in partnership with a living, emergent Earth while engendering societal transformation. Brock co-founded the Sowing Circle, LLC Intentional Community & Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC) where he continues to reside and act as a co-director of OAEC’s Permaculture/Resilient Community Design Program, Wildlands Program and WATER Institute. He has taught Permaculture and consulted on regenerative project design in 15 countries on 5 continents and widely in the U.S. Brock graduated with honors from the University of California Santa Cruz in Agro-Ecology and Conservation Biology.

Lisa Micheli - Executive Director, Pepperwood Preserve Foundationlisamicheli400x600__1_.jpg

Lisa has over 26 years applying her technical, policy, and fundraising expertise to the design and implementation of ecological restoration, research and education programs.  She is the co-principal investigator of Water's Edge, the 2007 Pilot Program for Invoking The Pause,  a regional climate adaptation initiative in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences.  She joined Sonoma County's Pepperwood Foundation in October of 2009 as its first Executive Director.

Nina Simons - Co-Founder, Bioneers

An award winning social entrepreneur and visionary thinker, Nina co-founded Bioneers with her husband and partner Kenny Ausubel in 1990.  As co-CEO, she has helped to lead the organization through 28 years of identifying, gathering and disseminating breakthrough innovations that reveal a positive and life-honoring future that's within our grasp, today. Her work currently focuses on writing and teaching about women, leadership, diversity, systems thinking and resorting the feminine in us all.

Shilpa Jain - Executive Director, YES!

Shilpa has facilitated dozens of transformative leadership gatherings in India, Jordan, Senegal, Lebanon, Egypt, Thailand, Canada, Peru, Pakistan,Puerto Rico, Turkey, and the US, working with hundreds of young leaders from over 80 countries. She was founding coordinator of the Global Youth Leadership Collaborative, a network of 15 Jam facilitators from 14 countries that has collectively produced dozens of international gatherings for young changemakers, and distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to small-scale grassroots social change innovations worldwide. Shilpa has researched and written numerous books and articles, and facilitated workshops and gatherings on topics including globalization, creative expressions, ecology, democratic living, innovative learning and unlearning.

Vic_0096.jpegVictoria Woo PH.D. - Adjunct Professor
Vic is a serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in start-ups, international management and in academia. She is an adjunct professor at Stanford University, Management Science and Engineering and at Presidio Graduate School. In Asia, she helped bridging academia and business communities by co-designing custom executive programs at INSEAD and Harvard where she helped Fortune 500 clients curate learning journeys for C-suite, senior leaders and high-potential managers.  In these roles, she also has facilitated dialogue and cooperation among world-wide business partners, alumni, and clients.  She is a mentor for blackbox.vc, and she advises early stage startups and serves on advisory board of the Artful Method. She founded the Marin Chapter of the Awesome Foundation and continues her research on discovering factors that contribute to sustaining and attaining eudaimonia.  Her research has led to development of measurements such as Transformation Quotient ™ and Thriving Transitional Experiences™.  She proposes a formula to improve thriving in the highly complex and dynamic world in which we live and work, IQ*EQ*TQ. A simple formula designed to ground skillsets necessary for success; by harvesting the transformative power of change, through which individuals’ ability to thrive is enhanced.


Kelly_1.jpgKelly McVicker -

   ITP Grants Administrator

Arlene_1.jpgArlene Hilliard -

   ITP Executive Assistant