Amazon Watch (San Francisco, CA)


  • Name:Cyndie Berg
  • Title:Development Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Amazon Watch
  • Address:221 Pine Street, 4th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:415 487 9600
  • Main fax:415 487 9601

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  • Mission:
  • Amazon Watch’s mission is to defend the natural environment and human rights of the indigenous and traditional peoples of the Amazon basin in the face of internationally financed, large-scale industrial “development” projects. We work in partnership with forest peoples to defend and advance their rights and to win permanent protection for their territories.

    Amazon Watch aims to: defend the ecological integrity of the Amazon basin by establishing protected areas off-limits to extractive industries; supporting indigenous peoples’ right to land and self-determination; and promoting more just and sustainable economic alternatives to the current export-oriented development model. We utilize a proven two-tiered approach to advancing forest protection and the rights of indigenous peoples—leveraging pressure on key decision-makers based in the U.S. while advancing solutions on the ground.

  • History:
  • Amazon Watch was founded by Atossa Soltani in 1996 with the vision of defending the Amazon basin and the rights of its forest peoples facing environmental destruction and human rights violations due to U.S.-backed industrial projects. Initially working in Venezuela and Brazil in support of indigenous peoples' efforts to protect their forest homes from unsustainable projects, Amazon Watch has since expanded to work in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia as well. Based in California, our organization has grow through the support of individuals, private foundations and like-minded businesses.

  • Year established:1996
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:11
  • Advisory board size:7
  • Staff size:11

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Ken Larson, President
    Daniela Meltzer, Chair
    Andrew Beath, Treasurer
    Atossa Soltani, Secretary
    Leila Salazar-Lopez
    Lily La Torre Lopez
    Jeff Mendelson
    Jonas Minton
    Ana Maria Murillo
    Atossa Soltani
    Richard Wegman

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Atossa Soltani, Executive Director and Founder

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Atossa Soltani, Founder and Executive Director
    Paul Paz y Miño, Managing Director
    Thomas Cavanagh, Financial and Technical Manager
    Joseph Mutti, Director of Communications
    Cynthia Berg, Development Director
    Kevin Koenig, Northern Amazon Program Coordinator
    Gregor MacLennan, Southern Amazon Program Coordinator
    Christian Poirier, Pan Amazon Coordinator
    Mitchell Anderson, Corporate Accountability Campaigner
    Andrew E. Miller, Environmental and Human Rights Campaigner
    Elisa Bravo, Amazon Watch Associate; Research, Finance and Development


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:95-4604782

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:954604782
  • Organization Name:AMAZON WATCH
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% JOSEPH R KOLB
  • Organization Address:2201 BROADWAY STE 508
  • Organization City:OAKLAND
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:94612-3063
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:June, 1999
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:C05
  • Asset Amount:$652,797
  • Asset Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,266,161
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$956,277
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:42:05 pm

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