Anne Middleton joined the ECOLIFE team as Director of Operations in August, 2017, and now serves as the Executive Director.
Originally from Montana, Anne moved to San Diego in 2014 from Cameroon, after having finished a contract with Taylor Guitars on legal and sustainable ebony wood procurement for guitar manufacturing. In Cameroon, she managed multiple projects including supply chain transparency, raw materials supply, and community, public and governmental relations at local and international levels. In San Diego, she was also employed by Sustainability Matters, a local greenbuild firm, and the San Diego County Water Authority.
Prior to her tenure in Cameroon, she worked for a non-profit organization in Washington DC, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), whose focus is to investigate international wildlife crime and lobby for legislative solutions. EIA’s investigations in Madagascar led to the first criminal case for the amended U.S. Lacey Act, a ban on trade in illegal wood.
Anne has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Oberlin College and a master’s degree of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara. Having non-profit, public, and private sector experience, Anne brings a unique set of skills to the team at ECOLIFE. In her time not at work, she enjoys making cakes, taking her dog to the beach, winning at board games, and singing in her band.