Bill Twist: A Global Steward

Bill Twist is CEO and a co-founder of The Pachamama Alliance. He has dedicated his life to contributing to creating a thriving, just, and sustainable future for people and all life.

Bill Twist and Domingo Peas

About Bill Twist

Bill Twist is a co-founder of Pachamama Alliance and serves as its President. Bill has an extensive background in business, having worked in the management consulting business and then in the equipment leasing and financial services industries since 1970.

He was the senior vice-president for financial services for Comdisco, a New York Stock Exchange company, and served on its Board of Directors from 1980 to 1990. He is the former President of Champion Securities Company, an NASD registered broker-dealer that develops software and financial products for the investment industry.

Bill is a founding member of the executive committee of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. He served on the Board of Directors of the Centro Economicos Derechos y Sociales in Ecuador, an NGO working on economic and social rights issues in the Andes countries in South America, and on the Board of the Kapawi Ecolodge in Ecuador.

Bill has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Stanford University and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University.

Bill Twist and Pachamama Alliance

Below is Bill describing the work of Pachamama Alliance and its efforts to support the climate change and representative democracy movements in this 2014 Whole Earth Summit interview recording.


In late 2013, Xochitl Bernadette Moreno of Radio Ollin interviewed Bill Twist, Jaime Vargas, President of the Achuar Federation in Ecuador, and Belén Paéz, who was then the Executive Director of Pachamama Alliance’s sister organization, Fundación Pachamama.

The three of them discuss Pachamama Alliance’s work with its Indigenous partners to protect the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador, the implications oil development could have on Ecuadorian society, and what needs to happen if the global community wants to protect the Amazon from the threat of oil development in the future. Below is a recording of their conversation. 

Associations and Memberships

Bill Twist is a member of Move to Amend's San Francisco Affiliate group. He is also on the advisory board for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, and is on the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature's Executive Committee.