David Monk is an Australian emigrant who has been living in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, since 1961. He is the founder of the Heartland Pathways organization. He also leads the Educational Resources in Environmental Science (ERES), for which he acts as executive director and president. This is a non-for-profit organization that, since its creation in 1969, educates and promotes a relationship between habitat and community that promotes environmental dignity. He is a dedicated environmental activist.