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Abby Barber

As the National Wildlife Federation's blog administrator, Abby enjoys writing and learning about how we can help wildlife and our communities. If you have any relevant wildlife blog ideas, tweet them to her @BlueHenAbby14

Amber Hewett

Amber Hewett is NWF's Northeast Regional Campaign Coordinator. Her roots are in the perfectly salty city of Newburyport, MA where she grew to treasure New England's seasons and the outdoor adventures they each offer. Amber's passion for sailing and her intrinsic love of the sea drive her to help realize effective climate policy that protects and celebrates our natural resources. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Earth Systems.
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Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Beth Pratt, the California Director for the National Wildlife Federation, has worked in environmental leadership roles for over twenty-five years, and in two of the country’s largest national parks: Yosemite and Yellowstone. Her new book, "When Mountain Lions are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working It Out In California," was published by Heyday Books in April of 2016.
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Chante Coleman

Chante Coleman is the Field Director for the Choose Clean Water Coalition. She acts as the on-the-ground leader of the Choose Clean Water Coalition’s public campaigns by organizing and coordinating conservation organizations in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Chante leads the Coalition’s diversity and environmental justice initiatives, while providing support on all of the Coalition’s policy priorities.
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Collin O'Mara

Collin is the President and CEO of National Wildlife Federation. Before taking the helm of NWF in 2014, Collin served as Secretary of Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, where he spearheaded a range of initiatives, including ones to reintroduce children to the outdoors, expand the state's trail system, and establish the Delaware Bay area as a world-class conservation and low-impact recreation tourism destination.
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Courtney Cochran

Courtney serves as Senior Coordinator for NWF's Campus Ecology Program and Community Manager for the NWF EcoLeader Program, through which she works to support and empower the next generation of conservation leaders. NWF EcoLeaders is the nation’s first project-based leadership development program for sustainability, leading to certification for college students and young professionals and is a spin-off of the NWF Campus Ecology Program.
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Crystal Jennings

As an Education and Leadership Development Coordinator, Crystal is responsible for supporting the implementation of Earth Tomorrow®, NWF’s multi-cultural, youth environmental education and leadership program based in Atlanta, and helps coordinate the Earth Tomorrow® Summer Institute, providing students an opportunity to learn more about environmental issues and engage in outdoor activities. Crystal also works to promote the expansion of Eco-Schools USA within school districts in the state of Georgia.

Curtis Fisher

Curtis Fisher is NWF’s Regional Executive Director in the Northeast. Curtis loves everything that Maine to New Jersey has to offer and works everyday to try to protect it for future generations. Most dear to Curtis’ heart – realizing a clean energy future, protecting wildlife and the Northeast’s special places (too many to name and oh so close to millions of people), and connecting families to nature.

Dave Dittloff

Dave Dittloff was the Regional Representative for NWF’s Northern Rockies and Prairies Regional Center. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Montana and a BA in Political Science and Economics from the University of Wisconsin. In his career he has worked for the Montana Wildlife Federation, the Wyoming Wildlife Federation, Five Valleys Land Trust, and the Elk Foundation. Dave loves to fish, hike and camp with his three daughters
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David Burns

David Burns is a member of NWF's international team, and manages the Tropical Forest and Agriculture Project. He works to reduce tropical deforestation, notably in Southeast Asia, associated with the production of agricultural commodities (like palm oil, soy, beef and leather) used in products sold by major private sector retailers and brands. He holds a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University's School of Forestry and a BA from Bates College.
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David Corsar

David serves as NWF EcoLeader Career Center Manager at HQ in Reston, VA. David received an MPA from George Mason University in 2015 and an ME and BS in environmental engineering from Old Dominion University in and 2003, respectively. He also completed a full 2-year service with the Peace Corps in Armenia where he focused on professional and organizational development in local community-based NGOs and the development of leadership potential in teenagers and young adults.
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David Mizejewski

David Mizejewski is a naturalist, author, blogger and national media personality with National Wildlife Federation. He interprets the natural world and teaches Americans about wildlife, how to help it, and how to connect with nature. David has hosted television shows on NatGeo WILD and Animal Planet, and frequently appears on the Today Show, Conan, CNN, NPR and many other media outlets. He is author of the award-winning book Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife.

David Muth

David Muth is a New Orleans native who has spent a lifetime in the Mississippi River delta and on the Louisiana coast, studying its geology, ecology, plants, wildlife, history and culture. He took his degree in history at University of New Orleans and became professionally interested in the connection between culture and environment in the context of the delta. He worked for 30 years with the National Park Service at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve in south Louisiana, eventually managing its natural and cultural resource programs. At the beginning of 2011, he joined the Louisiana Coastal Campaign as the Louisiana State Director of the National Wildlife Federation.

Emily Guidry Schatzel

Emily Guidry Schatzel is the communications manager for NWF’s Mississippi River Delta Restoration program and a native of Houma in coastal Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. She works with NWF’s Louisiana and Gulf teams to increase awareness about the delta’s rapidly eroding wetlands and the need for comprehensive restoration following decades of river mismanagement and, most recently, the 2010 Gulf oil disaster. She holds a J.D. and a Master’s in Communications from Loyola University New Orleans and lives with her husband, their new daughter and three incredible dogs.

Garrit Voggesser

Garrit Voggesser is NWF’s National Director for Tribal Partnerships. He works with tribes nationwide to protect wildlife and habitat. He has worked with tribes on bison conservation since 1999. The mission of NWF’s Tribal Lands Conservation Program is to partner with sovereign tribal nations to solve today’s conservation challenges for future generations.

Grant LaRouche

Grant serves as Regional Representative in the Mid-Atlantic. Beginning in December 2011, he works with NWF state affiliates in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Virginia to build and sustain a powerful conservation movement across the region. Grant works on issues such as the natural gas extraction, river access for anglers and is an advocate for clean water in the Delaware River Basin, representing NWF on the steering committee of the recently formed Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed.
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Hayley Connolly-Newman

Hayley is the Sage Grouse Project Coordinator at NWF's Northern Rockies Regional Center. Her efforts focus on improving sage grouse habitat in Eastern Montana, particularly reducing grouse fence collisions. She received her M.S. from University of Montana focusing on road ecology and wildlife habitat corridors.
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Hilary Harp Falk

Hilary Harp Falk is the Regional Executive Director of National Wildlife Federation’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Center. Previously she was the Director of the Choose Clean Water Coalition, a 230 member advocacy organization focused on protecting the Chesapeake Bay. Her background is in large-scale ecosystem restoration and environmental education. She is passionate about getting the next generation, especially her two sons, outside.
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Hillary Esquina

Hillary Esquina is the Senior Manager of Multimedia and handles NWF's multimedia needs. She graduated from Full Sail University in Orlando, FL in 2006 with a B.S in Film, Video and TV Productions. She is a seasoned video production professional and is an award-winning producer & editor. Hillary has a love for storytelling, volunteering and spending time outside with her wife, son and two dogs.

Jane Kirchner

Jane Kirchner has spent more than 20 years helping save open lands and advocating for the protection of wildlife habitat. She loves working on programs that connect people who care about wildlife and the environment to actions they can take to make a difference. Jane manages online strategy campaigns at NWF and during her free time likes to spend as much time as she can outdoors, especially in places where native species are found. She is also a master gardener and former county planning commissioner.

Jen Mihills

Jen Mihills is the Chesapeake Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative working with affiliate organizations in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
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Jenni Lopez

Jenni Lopez is the Online Integration Manager at NWF. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2010 with a Double Bachelor's in Biology and Spanish Literature. In her free time, you can find her practicing photography, training in the sport of Weightlifting, or cooking locally-sourced food.

Jennifer Hammonds

Jennifer, a former science educator, is the manager of STEM education for NWF's Eco-Schools USA program. She engages teachers and students by weaving sustainable practices into the school experience including grounds, facilities, and curricula. Utilizing best practice in science education, Jennifer strives to stop the leaking STEM pipeline and promote STEM careers for the youth of today.

Jessica Ritter

As Policy Specialist for Gulf Restoration, Jessie advocates on behalf of NWF’s Gulf Coast Restoration and Mississippi River Delta Restoration programs to protect and restore the Gulf of Mexico coastal area, increasing its resiliency in the face of storms, floods, sea level rise, oil spills, and other threats to wildlife and coastal communities.
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Jessie Yuhaniak

Jessie is the Senior Manager of Marketing for NWF, located at HQ in Reston, VA. She works with groups across the organization to spread the word about the wonderful work taking place across the Federation. She has a BS in Integrated Marketing Communications from Ithaca College and perpetually has her nose in a book.

Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy is Senior Counsel for National Wildlife Federation, where he coordinates NWF’s nationwide litigation efforts concerning the development of dirty fossil fuels.
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Judith Kohler

Judith Kohler is the communications manager in the National Wildlife Federation’s Rocky Mountain Regional Center in Denver. She focuses on public lands, wildlife and ways to keep the West wild. Before joining NWF, she was a reporter with The Associated Press where she covered politics, energy and the environment.

Julian Keniry

Julian co-founded the National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program. She is passionate about realizing the potential of US colleges and universities to model sustainability in their curriculum, management and community relations.

Kelly Wagner

Kelly Wagner is an online grassroots coordinater with NWF in the South Central Region. She is passionate about nature photography and protecting wildlife habitats.
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Kim Martinez

Kim Martinez is the Senior Education Manager for the National Wildlife Federation’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Center located in Annapolis, Maryland. She deploys NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat and Eco-Schools USA programs and connects kids to nature experiences. In her free time, you can find her kayaking in the Chesapeake Bay, gardening in her backyard, or hiking in the mountains.

Lacey McCormick

Lacey McCormick is the Communications Manager for NWF's National Water Program and the Gulf of Mexico Restoration Campaign. An Atlanta native, she has called Austin, TX home for over a decade. Find her on Twitter as @rifffleshell.
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Laura Tangley

Laura Tangley is a senior editor for National Wildlife magazine and the editor of the Birds & Birding and Wildlife Gardening sections of www.nwf.org. She also manages NWF's Certified Wildlife Habitat Facebook page. Based in Washington, DC, Laura is an avid traveler, birder and wildlife gardener.

Lauren Anderson

Lauren is the Climate and Energy Intern with the National Wildlife Federation. She works with the Climate and Energy Team to protect wildlife from the impacts of climate change. Originally from California, she received a B.S. in Biology from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo in 2011 and a MPP from Oregon State University in energy and environmental policy in 2015.

Leigh Wyman

Leigh Wyman is NWF's program assistant for urban wildlife in California.

Les Welsh

Les Welsh is NWF's Associate Director for the Pacific. He leads the organizations work in Hawai'i and other pacific islands, and supports our affiliates in Alaska, Hawai'i, Washington, Oregon and California. i

Marya Fowler

Marya Fowler is the Sr. Education Manager for NWF’s South Central Region. She advances NWF’s school-based programming, including Schoolyard Habitats and Eco-Schools USA, with an emphasis on integrating these programs at the state and school district levels and promoting environmental education as a means to improving student academic performance.

Meg Morris

Meg is responsible for implementing online grassroots campaigns with sportsmen and women. Before joining the National Wildlife Federation Meg worked as the Executive Producer of The Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis in partnership with Google+ and Associate Publisher for the online blog elephantjournal.com. Meg has worked to organize communities on the ground or online for the last ten years, and has always believed in the power of storytelling to connect people and ideas. You can find her on Twitter as @Meg_WritesStuff

Melissa Gaydos

Melissa is the Wildlife Adaptation Coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation and Climate Adaptation Program at the Northeast Regional Center. Through her work, she is committed to promoting the application of climate-smart conservation practices in wildlife and habitat conservation and restoration in the Northeast.

Miles Grant

Miles Grant is director of communications for National Wildlife Federation, coordinating communications across NWF’s programs to protect wildlife and wild places, connect Americans with nature, and confront climate change. He lives in Fairhaven, MA with his wife and daughter.

Na'Taki Osborne Jelks

Na'Taki Osborne Jelks helps individuals and community organizations take action to restore the communities in which they live, work, play, worship, and learn through NWF's youth environmental education and leadership development program for teens of color (Earth Tomorrow) and other civic engagement and advocacy initiatives.
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Patrick Fitzgerald

Patrick Fitzgerald is the Senior Director of Community Wildlife at the National Wildlife Federation, leading NWF’s work to help create wildlife-friendly cities, counties, towns and neighborhoods. Patrick leads the NWF Community Wildlife Habitat program (www.nwf.org/community), the NWF Garden for Wildlife Volunteer Programs and NWF’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge (www.nwf.org/mayorsmonarchpledge.).
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Ryan Fikes

Ryan Fikes is a trained biologist with expertise in coastal ecology and habitat restoration, and serves as Staff Scientist for NWF's Gulf Restoration Campaign. In this role, he provides in-house scientific expertise to identify and evaluate restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico that are scientifically sound, integrate with other projects, and have measurable milestones and outcomes. In addition, he advises the campaign on issues associated with the effects of the Gulf Oil Spill on habitats and wildlife, assists in evaluating the merits of state and national Gulf restoration plans, and helps to prioritize various restoration projects.

Samantha Lockhart

Sam Lockhart is the National Outreach Coordinator at National Wildlife Federation. She works with the field team across the country to develop the tools and resources that they need to be successful in meeting their program goals including fighting the threat of catastrophic climate change and protecting the nation’s public lands. Originally from Northern New Jersey, she received her BA in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary in 2010 and graduated from Green Corps, the Field School in Environmental Organizing, in 2011.
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Simon Hall

Simon Hall is a member of NWF’s International Wildlife Conservation team, and manages the Tropical Forest and Agriculture Project. He works to reduce deforestation associated with the production of key agricultural commodities (beef, leather, soy and palm oil) in South America. Simon earned a M.S. in Natural Resources from North Carolina State University as well as a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Salisbury University.

Stacy Small-Lorenz

Stacy works on climate-smart conservation and the use of nature-based approaches for protecting people and wildlife from the impacts of climate change and other natural hazards. An avian ecologist by training, she holds a doctorate in Avian Ecology from University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked for the last 20 years in the field of conservation science, including research & monitoring, habitat restoration design & management, and wildlife-related policy work. She enjoys backcountry skiing and flatwater paddling, and is out in the wilds of West Virginia in the winter or somewhere along the Potomac River in the summer when she’s not working on her backyard habitat skills at home in Maryland.

Steve Woodruff

Steve is senior policy and communications manager for NWF’s Montana-based Northern Rockies and Pacific Regional Center, where works on bison restoration and a variety of public land-and-resource issues. Steve joined NWF in 2013 after a 30-year career in journalism, much of it dedicated to natural resource policy and environmental issues in the West. Steve is co-author of “Montana Wilderness: Discovering the Heritage” and a contributor to two anthologies, most recently “Science Next: Innovation for the Common Good from the Center for American Progress.” He’s an avid outdoorsman and rides his horse, Ranger, nearly 1,000 mountain-trail miles a year.

Taj Schottland

Taj Schottland is a Coastal Adaptation Specialist based out of NWF's Northeast Regional Office. He has spent the past six years working as an avian biologist, restoration ecologist, and adaptation specialist on projects throughout the United States. He is particularly interested in shorebirds and helping protect their critical habitat along the Atlantic Flyway.
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Tiffany Woods

Tiffany is the Sr. Coordinator for the Southeast Forestry Program. She works on projects that helps keep healthy, working forests a part of the southeastern landscape by addressing ecological, economic and social priorities. Specific projects include longleaf pine restoration, forest certification, and best-management forestry and agricultural practices for landowners and professionals. Tiffany's favorite outdoor activities include: hiking, hunting, kayaking and cycling. Follow her on Twitter @TiffanyWWoods
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Tori Leach

Tori Leach is the Multi-Media Marketing Coordinator and loves working next to the Certified Wildlife Habitat® behind HQ in Reston, VA. She graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Marketing and International Business. In her free time, she cooks, volunteers with her favorite animal rescue group, and hangs out with her dog, Mia Cara.

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