Co-Founder and Executive Director
Before co-founding Restore the Earth Foundation with her husband, PJ spent more than 40 years as a top strategic marketing consultant for leading professional services firms such as Bechtel Corporation, Halliburton, and Fulbright & Jaworski LLP.
Her broad experience working with senior-level executives in major international corporations makes her particularly suited to developing and leading the cross-sector partnerships that are at the heart of the REF strategy and business model. PJ has also been responsible for major fundraising campaigns for organizations such as the Royal Ontario Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Houston Symphony, raising more than $50 million. She co-founded Heart to Hand Toronto, a grassroots community organization that provides food to more than 200 disadvantaged families each year in the Toronto, Ontario region of Canada by connecting them directly and personally with volunteer and supporting families in the community. This initiative is still going strong after 20 years.
MARVIN G. MARSHALL
Co-Founder and CEO
Marvin (Marv) co-founded Restore the Earth Foundation following a successful career as a real estate development executive in the United States and Canada. He served as President and CEO of Bramalea Limited, a North American real estate development and management firm with more than $6 billion in assets.
During his real estate career he raised funds for and successfully executed more than $1 billion in land development projects. Previously he served as President and CEO of Cullen Center, Inc. in Houston, Texas, and as a senior executive at Crown Center Redevelopment Corporation, a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards. He has been chair of the board of Ainsworth Corporation, Remington Capital Investments, International Comfort Products Corporation, and Thompson Pipe & Steel Company. Prior to co-founding Restore the Earth Foundation, he launched Ecosystems Partners, LLC, an environmental conservation firm sourcing the best resources, contractors and practices for restoration projects.
Chief Strategy Officer
Richard assisted the organization in the development of the groundbreaking EcoMetrics™ Model and its Revolving Fund investment model. A senior executive with more than 25 years of experience leading organizations through periods of transformative change, Richard has been at the forefront of new ways to fund and grow social ventures. He works with senior executives, investors and funders who recognize the central role of social value in reshaping global markets. Richard is a past member of the board of directors of the Social Venture Network, and currently serves on the board of directors of Zen Hospice Project. He holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Stanford University.
Director of Sustainable Programs
Taylor Marshall has dedicated her professional life to identifying and promoting solutions to environmental issues and opportunities nationally and internationally.
Prior to joining Restore the Earth, Taylor was with The Water Institute of the Gulf in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she applied her expertise in integrated water resource management to develop and promote community-based approaches to protecting and restoring the Gulf coast from storm risk and land loss and enhancing community resilience to such risks. Previously, she served as Director of Operations at the Latin American and Caribbean Council On Renewable Energy and as Program Director with American Council On Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C. Taylor earned a Master of Science degree in Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) from McGill University.
JESSICA L. RISTOW
Jessica oversees day-to-day fundraising and administrative operations for Restore the Earth Foundation.
She loves working to connect Restore the Earth’s donors and partners to the mission, and give them the opportunity to be a part of this significant work in restoring our ecosystems. With a background in environmental fundraising and operational management for the arts and education, Jessica has built her career around causes she is passionate about. Prior to joining Restore the Earth, she served as Associate Director of Development with the Sonoran Institute, an organization that works across communities in the North American West to conserve and restore natural and cultural assets and to promote better management of growth and change. Jessica holds a degree from the University of California, Davis.
Eric Israel is an internationally recognized auditing and sustainability professional, with global experience in sustainability and integrated reporting, corporate governance and supply chain management. He has over 30 years of “Big 4” consultancy experience. As the founding partner of KPMG Global Sustainability Services and a senior leader at PwC, he has advised some of the largest global companies and investors on how to understand and integrate complex sustainability issues.
As the former leader of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in New York, he was engaged in several emerging global legislation and capital market initiatives such as the World Federation of Exchanges Sustainability Working Group. In addition, he was GRI’s liaison for the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).