LARRY COBEN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Larry is an archaeologist affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. He was motivated to start SPI after witnessing first-hand the power of community and economic-based solutions to heritage preservation. Larry was the director of Proyecto Inkallakta, focusing on a monumental Inka site in Bolivia, and co-editor of 'Archaeology of Performance: Theater, Power and Community'. He is the founder of Tremisis Energy and has held various positions in the energy and environmental sectors.
PAUL BURTENSHAW, DIRECTOR, PROJECTS
Paul has researched Public Archaeology and the economics of archaeology at both University College London and University of Cambridge, while completing fieldwork in Jordan, South America and West Africa. Making use of his years of experience in the heritage tourism field, Paul oversees our projects while also heading up our efforts in Jordan. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, dog and growing vinyl collection.
MERA GRANBERG, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Mera was the founding executive director of the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, bringing philanthropic support to public health. She went on to lead a national sale program for Endymion Systems, Inc.; a technology integration and IT outsourcing company (sold to Soluziona USA, 2004). A native of San Francisco, Mera lives in her hometown where she sings in a 70s and 80s rock and punk cover band.
LUIS JAIME CASTILLO BUTTERS, DIRECTOR OF LATIN AMERICA
Luis Jaime is the former Deputy Minister of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Industries for Peru, and is a Professor at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP). He has lead the San Jose de Moro Archaeological Program since 1991, and is widely published on the Moche, Pre-Columbian Art and the cultural heritage of Peru. Luis Jaime has been the driving force behind SPI in Peru and is passionate about local communities being able to make a living with archaeological sites.
Julio Saldana, Project Coordinator, Peru
Julio has a BA in Archaeology from Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) and has conducted fieldwork in the North Coast of Peru. He first made contact with SPI while part of the San Jose de Moro Archaeological Program. His interests include archaeological outreach to local communities, and ancient political transitions and funerary practices.
Fernanda Arias Gogin, Coordinator of Commercial Strategy, Peru
Fernanda studied anthropology at Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima. She has experience in participatory methodologies, and has conducted fieldwork in various areas of Peru. She is interested in crafts, the preservation of traditional practices within communities, and the importance of community relations and intercultural mediation.