James M. Sulentich, Executive Director
For nearly 30 years Jim Sulentich has worked in the field of conservation as a biologist, educator, planner and manager in California, Texas, Michigan and Costa Rica. He holds both a B.A. and M.S. in biology from California State Universities, Fullerton and Long Beach respectively. Additionally, Jim conducted post graduate work in ecology and evolutionary biology at UCLA and the University of Houston.
Jim joined the Natural Communities Coalition as its Executive Director in January 2013. Prior to his tenure with the Coalition he served as general manager of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District in Monterey, and executive director of the Santa Lucia Conservancy in Carmel, California. Jim’s experience also includes 14 years with The Nature Conservancy, where he held a variety of positions in both California and Texas, culminating as Texas state director.
In addition to the above, Jim served as program director of Catalina Island Marine Institute, executive director of the Houston Arboretum, biological sciences lecturer at Mount Saint Mary’s College in Los Angeles, and executive director of the Center for Environmental Study in Grand Rapids, MI.
Milan J. Mitrovich, Ph.D., Science Director
Dr. Milan Mitrovich’s background is in conservation science, with an emphasis in landscape and wildlife ecology. Over the last 10+years, Milan has served in research and advisory roles for several public and private sector organizations, including Solution Strategies, Inc. an environmental consulting and strategic advisory firm based out of Los Angeles, California; the Biological Resource Discipline of the U.S. Geological Survey; the national award-winning Orange County Great Park Design Studio; and the Natural Communities Coalition.
With the Coalition, Milan works with the organization’s directors and officers as well as representatives from partnering organizations and the public to coordinate research and management activities associated with the protection and recovery of sensitive plant and animal species found within the 38,000-acre Reserve System. Milan holds a B.S. in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution from the University of California, San Diego, and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis, and San Diego State University.
Danny L. Fry, Wildland Fire Management Coordinator
In mid-2015 Danny joined the Natural Communities Coalition to coordinate fire management activities in the Reserve. Working with the Board and staff, representatives from multiple agencies, businesses, organizations, stakeholders, and partners, Danny’s focus is to implement the wildland fire management plan.
Danny’s background is in wildland fire research, primarily from the University of California, Berkeley. For nearly 15 years Danny has worked as project manager, advisor, and collaborator investigating various aspects of fire ecology and management. Studies encompassed a wide range of spatial and temporal scales in many ecosystem types. Danny received a B.S. and M.S. in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles (ecology concentration), and California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, respectively.