Darci Glass-Royal is a founding director, chairman of the board, and executive director of FESS. She is a recognized expert in national security and policy concerns in vulnerable states and holds degrees in both economics and public policy. Prior to FESS, Mrs. Glass-Royal served as an independent advisor to senior U.S. government policymakers on issues of evolving environmental and natural resource threats to regional stability. Mrs. Glass-Royal has extensive experience in Africa and Asia and has developed a number of critical resource and conflict mitigation programs for multilateral, government, and corporate institutions. Through strong outreach to interdisciplinary experts within the private sector, academia, and nongovernmental organizations, Mrs. Glass-Royal has developed innovative environmental security programs for policymakers around the world, as well as authored numerous reports on the strategic implications of environmental and natural resource management in specific countries and regions.

Jeffrey Stark is director of research and studies at FESS. From 1996 to 2003, he was the director of research and studies at the North-South Center of the University of Miami, where he also was editor of the North-South Agenda Papers. At FESS, he has led environmental security assessments in the Dominican Republic, Uganda, and the Philippines as well as project activities in Sierra Leone and Ethiopia. He is co-editor of Fault Lines of Democracy in Post-Transition Latin America (North-South Center Press 1998), winner of the Choice outstanding academic book award, and editor of The Challenge of Change in Latin America and the Caribbean (North-South Center Press 2001). Recently, he has written on security, democratic governance, and problems of environmental security in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Since 2007, Mr. Stark has been a visiting professor at the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica. He previously taught political science at St. Thomas University in Miami and served as a program officer in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Information Agency in New York City.