The SCA’s Leadership Team is comprised of leading experts in the field of conservation, partnership development, philanthropy, marketing and corporate relations. Together, they mentor and guide a staff of over 150 national employees.
Lidia Soto-Harmon, President & Chief Executive Officer
Lidia Soto-Harmon serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Student Conservation Association (SCA), the largest provider of hands-on environmental conservation programs for youth and adults in the nation. Last year, the SCA engaged more than 2,000 youth and young adults in hands-on environmental conservation programs who collectively provided nearly 1 million hours of service at federal, state, and local parks and natural areas. SCA participants increase the nation’s climate resiliency, reduce wildfire risks, enhance equity and environmental justice, strengthen urban communities, implement historic preservation initiatives and retire backlogged maintenance projects.
Prior to joining the SCA, Soto-Harmon was the CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital, the largest council in the country for the past 13 years, serving over 76,000 members in the Greater Washington region. She was directly responsible for building a compelling strategy to successfully expand access for girls across the region, transforming programs, creating experiences in the outdoors, and engaging communities to support and expand youth development.
Before joining the Girl Scouts, Soto-Harmon served as Senior Vice President of Community Development for First Book, a national children’s literacy organization dedicated to getting new books into the hands of children from low-income families. She also previously served as Deputy Director of the President’s Interagency Council on Women at the U.S. Department of State and Senior Director for the Fannie Mae Foundation’s Targeted Outreach Department. She currently serves as Chair and Trustee of Migration Policy Institute, Executive Committee member for the Booz Allen Foundation, Board Member for First Book – a national Children’s literacy organization, Chair of the Advisory Council for the master’s in public administration at the Schar School of Public Policy and Government and is an Adjunct Faculty member at George Mason University.
Soto-Harmon holds a master’s in public administration from George Mason University and has participated in various Executive Leadership Programs at Harvard, Stanford and the Center for Creative Leadership. She has a bachelor’s in arts from Drew University. She is also a member of the International Women’s Forum, the Washington Business Journal Women Who Mean Business, and Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2007. Having grown up in El Salvador for almost eight years, she credits her compassion and love of youth and nature to her childhood living in San Salvador. Soto-Harmon is married and has two fantastic bilingual adult children.
To contact Lidia please contact Emmaline Schild via email at [email protected].
Matt Gray, SVP of Programs
A five-time SCA alumnus, Matt has dedicated his career to sustainability, climate and conservation initiatives at the federal, municipal and community levels. Prior to joining the SCA, he held the oﬃce of chief of sustainability for the City of Cleveland. During his seven years with the City of Cleveland, he convened 90 organizations to co-create the Cleveland Climate Action Plan, which won the 2019 American Planning Association award for “best community sustainability or resiliency plan.” Matt is a former Fulbright Fellow with the U.S. Department of State in Mauritius, a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Department of Energy, and an energy management consultant with Accenture, the global management consultancy. He holds a dual BS/BA (Industrial Engineering and Anthropology) from the University of Pittsburgh and earned his Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University.
Barbara Gonzalez-McIntosh, General Counsel & SVP of Executive Initiatives and Organizational Planning
Barbara has over 20 years experience as a tax-exempt organization attorney leading 501(c)(3) public and private charities as well as 501(c)(4) and 527/political committee organizations. Before joining the SCA, she held senior leadership positions with the Pew Charitable Trusts, National Wildlife Federation, and the League of Conservation Voters where her work included corporate law, organizational and board governance, enterprise risk assessment and management, contracts and litigation management, and campaign finance law, lobbying and ethics compliance. She is also an active champion for forging a more diverse conservation community, currently serving on the management board of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Diversity Joint Venture and Rachel’s Network’s Diversity Committee. Barbara serves on the boards of the Alliance for Justice and Rachel’s Network and participates in certain grantmaking decisions of the McIntosh Foundation. Barbara has chosen her work and civic activities to compliment her conservation values and is proud to work at SCA for the next generation of conservation leaders.
LaShanda Miller, VP of People and Culture
LaShanda has over 17 years of experience as an HR Professional. Before joining the SCA, she held senior leadership positions where her work included leading employees in multiple HR disciplines in secondary education, government contracting, and facilities maintenance. In addition, LaShanda is an active volunteer for organizations committed to the growth, development, and mentorship of at-risk youth. LaShanda holds a Doctor of Business Administration and is an SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SCP). She also has a Bachelor of Science in Oﬃce Systems and Technologies and a Master of Science in Instructional Technology from Mississippi State University.
Tobias Bokum-Fauth, VP of Partnership
Over the past 10 years, Toby has advanced through a variety of roles at the SCA in Recruiting, Program, and most recently as partnership oﬃcer for the SCA’s Eastern Region. In this latter capacity, he earned a National Park Service Superintendent’s Outstanding Service Award and recognition from the U.S. Forest Service for Collaborative Partnerships and Engagement. Prior to joining the SCA, he launched a web-based tool that helped users fill or find conservation corps jobs, and also founded a Washington, DC-based apparel company that showcased local parks and neighborhoods. He resides in Richmond, Va.
Eboni Boadi, VP of Philanthropy
Eboni leads a national team responsible for all private philanthropy (corporate, foundation, principal gifts, direct response, and alumni engagement) and is responsible for the development and implementation of the SCA’s fundraising strategy across national and state levels. Prior to becoming vice president of philanthropy, Eboni served as a Senior Officer of Major Gifts. She is member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, selectee of Children and Nature Network’s 2020 Leadership Summit, a member of Green Equity Officers, previous Leadership Council Member of the People of the Global Majority in the Outdoors, Nature, and Environment (PGM ONE), and an inaugural cohort member of the 100 Women Pathway with Planet Women! Eboni obtained a Master’s degree in international law and economics, with distinction, from The Johns Hopkins University SAIS.
Sarah Hoye, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications
Sarah Hoye is an award-winning national television correspondent who oversees the SCA’s strategic communications, media relations and marketing efforts. Prior to joining the SCA in November 2022, she served as Communications Director for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and as Interim Deputy Chief of Staff for Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers. Before entering state service, Sarah spent her journalism career reporting from nearly every corner of the United States for CNN, Al Jazeera America, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and more. Her awards include the Peabody, Knight Digital Media Fellowship at the Ohio State University, Women’s Media Center’s Emerging Journalist Award, and a host of others. Sarah received her Master’s of Journalism from the University of Maryland and Bachelor’s in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin. She resides in Milwaukee, Wis.