Ezekiel Schlais joined MRT in 2018 and is our Executive Director. Prior to joining the trust, he was the Head of Strategic Initiatives at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, participated as a published author on multiple ecological studies in Costa Rica and the Western US, and spent several years as the VP of Origination for a global operationally focused private equity firm. Ezekiel received his Masters in Business Administration as well as Bachelors in English/Writing Rhetoric from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Ezekiel is passionate about connecting diverse communities to their natural environment through education, arts, stewardship and science at MRT. He believes in our mission because the land we protect and steward may be the most real, powerful and 5-sense opportunity for humanity to witness and better identify with the importance of a healthy planet. Outside his day job, you can find Ezekiel trail running, hiking, surfing, studying wildlife and hanging out with his boyfriend Julian and their dog Chance.