Who We Are

Our History

FONNOR was formed on October 3, 2013, due to the interest of the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (FMCN) in having a regional ally to contribute to the conservation of nature.

It was founded by Gabriela Anaya, Cecilia Blasco and Héctor Reyes. FONNOR was established to provide financial, administrative, and technical support to projects for the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in northwestern Mexico.

With a decade of operation, FONNOR has developed its own identity and mechanisms for accountability, resource management, and project operation. It has also developed tailor-made services for its partners in its operational areas and has expanded its activities and reach to western Mexico.

FONNOR has had a long history of building strong partnerships with civil society organizations, public and private sectors, and academia. It has also been part of the Mexican Network of Environmental Funds (RedFAM in Spanish) since it was created in 2019.

Our Guiding Principles

  • Collaboration: Collectively participating for a common purpose to benefit the entire FONNOR team and our partners.
  • Honesty: Acting ethically, honestly, and consistently in all circumstances.
  • Transparency: Being accountable, guaranteeing free access to the organization’s information of public interest, and ensuring that such information is truthful, accurate, and timely.
  • Respect: Accepting the diversity of opinions, suggestions, customs, beliefs, gender, and sexual orientation of the work team and our partners.
  • Commitment: Contributing to achieving FONNOR’s mission and seeking environmental, social, and economic balance.
  • Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination: See Letter of Commitment.

Our Team

Board of Directors

It is composed of seven professionals from the public, private, and social sectors, with a deep knowledge of regional dynamics and a broad professional background in the environmental and social sectors.

Carlos Castillo Sánchez


Lydia Lozano Angulo


Héctor Reyes Bonilla


Alfonso Aguirre Muñoz

Board member

Eduardo Santana Castellón

Board member

Georgina Rodríguez Martínez

Board member

Ileana Espejel Carbajal

Board member

Ernesto Bermejo Jiménez



We are 17 nature lovers who believe that we can generate positive environmental change through collaborative work with communities and other civil society organizations.

Paola Bauche Petersen

Executive Director

Carolina Salinas García

 Administration and Finance Director 

Ana Cristina Nieto Enrigue

Sustainable Production Officer

Marina Álvarez Cisneros

Project Officer

Velna Mayoral Benoit


Geisa Flores Estrada

Project Operations Specialist

Ana Victoria Molina Lucero

Project Operations Specialist

María de Jesús Garibay Campos

Biodiversity Specialist

Kathia Contreras Pacheco

Monitoring and Safeguards Technical Asistant

Mauricio Ortega Flores

Conservation Specialist

Clara de Alba de la Peña

Capacity Strengthening Program Leader

Itzi Salgado López

Communication Leader

Claudia Hanani Guzmán Rubio

Capacity Strengthening Program Specialist

Julián Gaxiola

Project Operations Specialist

Partnerships and Networks

We know that collaborative work and combined efforts are fundamental to achieving our objectives. For this reason, we are part of different networks and partnerships.

Where We Work

We work in a broad region that includes northwestern and western Mexico, specifically: Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora, Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco, and Colima.