Two new faces on the JRS Board: Bonnie Cockman & Baldwyn Torto

Bonnie Cockman has spent her career leading the finance and operations of fast-growing, entrepreneurial non-profit organizations whose missions align with her passions. Most recently, Cockman helped launch Mothers Out Front, an organization building a diverse, national movement of mothers to call on our leaders to take bold action on climate change. She worked first as Managing Director and is now board Treasurer. From 2007 to 2014, Cockman served as Senior Vice President of Finance & Operations at Root Capital, an agricultural impact investor that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America by lending capital, delivering financial training, and strengthening market connections for small and growing agricultural businesses. Prior to Root Capital, she served as Vice President of Finance for Conservation International and Director of Finance for Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development. Currently, she serves on the Board of Foundations of Success. Cockman is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a B.A. in business from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Baldwyn Torto, Ph.D., is a Research Leader in Chemical Ecology at the Nairobi-based International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), a world-class research Center focusing on research in the insect sciences. He has led research in food security, human and animal health, biodiversity and environmental issues to improve the livelihoods of rural communities in Africa. Previously, he worked as a scientist in some of the top research institutions in the world including Rothamsted Research, UK, and the USDA/ARS-Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary and Entomology. Torto is a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences and an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

A very warm welcome to Bonnie and Baldwyn!