NWF Bloggers

  1. Linda Argueta

    Linda Argueta is the marketing assistant at NWF's National Advocacy Center. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in May of 2013 with a B.S. in public relations and minor in general business. As an outdoor enthusiast, she loves to camp, hike and enjoy the beautiful scenery that mother Earth has given her.
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  2. Abby Barber

    Abby Barber has found a whole new world as the Marketing Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation. After graduating in 2014 from the University of Delaware with a Distinguished Honors B.S. in Energy & Environmental Policy, Abby is proud to be part of NWF. Let's get down to business to help wildlife! If you have any relevant blog ideas, tweet them to her @BlueHenAbby14
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  3. Catherine Bowes

    Catherine Bowes is NWF's Senior Manager for Climate and Energy, working to leverage NWF's policy expertise as well as field and communications resources to address climate change. Based in NWF's Northeast Regional Center, Catherine manages NWF's Atlantic Offshore Wind Campaign seeking to advance appropriately-sited offshore wind development. Catherine previously worked for Conservation Law Foundation - building public support for a environmental advocacy issues around New England. She holds a Master's degree in Environmental Policy from Bard College and a B.A. in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis.
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  4. Lew Carpenter

    As the Regional Representative for AZ, ID, NM, NV, WY and UT, Lew oversees wildlife conservation efforts and sportsman initiatives in those states. His primary goals for state development center on building resources that will help NWF and its affiliates grow bigger, stronger, and more financially prepared to face the challenges of wildlife conservation. Lew also works on Gulf Coast wetland restoration by nationalizing the issue with sportsmen. In his personal time, Lew kayaks, hikes, fishes, hunts and ponders his way across western public lands.
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  5. Courtney Cochran

    Courtney serves as Program Coordinator for NWF's Campus Ecology Program where she organizes the Fellowship, Youth Advocacy and Alumni/Emerging Leaders programs.
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  6. Chante Coleman

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  7. Hayley 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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  8. Allen Cooper

    Allen Cooper works at NWF's Austin, Texas office developing state and municipal policy to connect people with nature. He grew up on a 97-acre farm in Hoo Hoo Hollow in Southern West Virginia and loves nothing more than to hear an owl's call at nightfall.
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  9. 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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  10. 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.
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  11. Kit Fischer

    Kit Fischer is the Wildlife Conflict Resolution Program Manager at the Northern Rockies and Pacific Regional Center in Missoula, MT. He works to reduce conflict between bison, bighorn sheep, grizzly bears, wolves and livestock on public lands. Born and raised in Montana, Kit enjoys all things outdoors and is passionate about restoring the West's wildlife legacy.
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  12. Patrick Fitzgerald

    Patrick Fitzgerald is the Director of Education Advocacy at the National Wildlife Federation, working with partners to advocate for new policies in Congress, the Administration and State Houses that get children, youth and families active in the outdoors and connecting with nature at school, at home and in their communities.
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  13. 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.
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  14. Tom France

    Tom France is the Executive Director of NWF’s Northern Rockies and Pacific Regional Center. Along with other conservation leaders,Tom sits on the steering committee that is working to pass the North Dakota Clean Water, Land and Outdoor Heritage Amendment that North Dakota voters will have a chance to approve in November, 2012. Tom has served on the Missoula Mayor’s Roundtable, the Governor’s Yellowstone Grizzly Bear roundtable, and is a past Chairman of the Board for the High Country News Foundation. He currently is the Chairman of the Board for the Clark Fork Coalition.
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  15. 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.
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  16. Simon Hall

    Simon is the Project Coordinator on the Tropical Forests and Agriculture team at the National Wildlife Federation. He works to develop strategies that reduce the environmental impacts associated with large-scale agriculture in the tropics, to help ensure that the production of important commodities (such as soy, palm oil and beef) can continue to meet the world’s needs without destroying forests or jeopardizing critical wildlife habitat.
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  17. 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.
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  18. Tiffany Hartung

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  19. 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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  20. Courtney Hyde

    Courtney Hyde is the Planned Giving Coordinator for NWF. She spends her days responding to planned giving inquiries, crafting newsletters and mailings, and generally providing support to the rest of the planned giving team. In her free time, Courtney enjoys baking, playing with her cat, and having adventures in the DC area.
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  21. Jennifer Janssen

    Jennifer Janssen is the Online Campaign Strategy Manager for the National Wildlife Federation and is based in the the Great Lakes Regional Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She enjoys writing blogs that help inspire National Wildlife Federation supporters to protect the future of wildlife by engaging in the political process to fight climate change and defend wildlife habitats from harm.
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  22. Aaron Kindle

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  23. 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 coordinates 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.
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  24. 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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  25. Tori Leach

    Tori Leach is an Online Membership Marketing Coordinator at HQ in Reston, VA. Tori recently relocated to Virginia from NYC, and is still in awe of all of the wildlife surrounding the office. Tori graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Marketing and International Business. In her free time, Tori can be found experimenting in the kitchen, reading, or exploring the D.C. metro area.
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  26. 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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  27. 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.
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  28. Kim Martinez

    Kim Martinez is the Regional Education Manager for the National Wildlife Federation’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Center located in Annapolis, Maryland. She deploys the Certified Wildlife Habitat and Eco-Schools USA programs in the region. Before coming to NWF, Kim was Administrator of Professional Development for new teacher induction and teacher mentoring programs in the Center for Teacher Innovation at the Riverside County Office of Education in California. Additionally, she was an instructor in the School of Education at the University of California, Riverside. Prior to becoming a program administrator, Kim was a K-6 classroom teacher and a school site administrator in Menifee, California. Kim graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a BA in Psychology and a California teaching credential. In 2002, she received her Masters of Education Administration from Azusa Pacific University. In addition, Kim holds a Maryland Advanced Professional Certificate for Administrator I and Elementary 1-6.
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  29. Darcy McKinley Lester

    Darcy McKinley Lester is an AmeriCorps member serving with the National Wildlife Federation in their Missoula office. She is working on getting Missoula recognized as the very first certified Community Wildlife Habitat in Montana, and couldn't be more excited! She graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2013 with a degree in Forest Science and a focus in Forest Biology. In her spare time, she can be found in the mountains, hiking, running, skiing, climbing, and looking for wildlife.
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  30. 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 hosted and co-produced the Animal Planet TV series Backyard Habitat and regularly appears on The Today Show, The Martha Stewart Show, Conan and many others. He is author of the award-winning book Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife and writes the blog Animal Oddities.
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  31. Lisa Moore

    As editorial director of the National Wildlife Federation, Lisa Moore serves as editor-in-chief of "National Wildlife" magazine. She came to NWF in 2014 with many years of experience as a writer and editor at "National Geographic" magazine and then as editor of "The Wildlife Professional," published by The Wildlife Society. At NWF, she plans to extend the reach of National Wildlife magazine through powerful stories and world-class photographs that entertain, inform, and inspire. “This magazine has immense power to harness action on behalf of wildlife,” Moore says. “We’re going to give a voice to all the furry, fanged, winged, and other living creatures that share our planet.”
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  32. Meg Morris

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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. Kaitlin Parker

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  36. Mary Phillips

    Mary Phillips is NWF’s Garden for Wildlife Campaign Manager. She works with key stakeholders across the Garden for Wildlife program to empower homeowners, communities, schools, business, faith based organizations and landscapers to view their own property as affordable and convenient places to engage in wildlife conservation. She seeks to celebrate and connect gardeners as they restore habitat to provide wildlife with food, water, shelter and places to raise young. Mary’s experience and passion for conservation landscaping, native plants, environmental education and building strategic partnerships helps mobilize resources to significantly expand Gardening for Wildlife. When not at NWF, she is in the garden or exploring the heritage of the Chesapeake Bay watershed with her family.
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  37. Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

    Beth Pratt-Bergstrom is NWF's California Director and loves frogs, pika and wandering in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park. She has worked in environmental leadership roles for over twenty years, and in two of the country’s largest national parks: Yosemite and Yellowstone. Before joining NWF in 2011, she worked on sustainability and climate change programs for Xanterra Parks & Resorts in Yellowstone as its Director of Environmental Affairs. Beth lives outside of Yosemite with four dogs, two cats, and the many frogs who frequent her backyard frog pond.
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  38. Brooke Randolph

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  39. 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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  40. Jenny Rowland

    Jenny Rowland is the Climate and Energy Intern at NWF's National Advocacy Center. She graduated with a Master’s degree from The George Washington University and a B.A. from University of Delaware, both in Geography. Growing up in New Mexico, Jenny has always been passionate about the environment and her hobbies include hiking, camping, and cooking. Her professional interests include climate and energy issues, equity, and green space
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  41. Shell Rumohr

    Shell Rumohr is Office Manager at the South Central Regional Center, providing administrative support for all programs, and participating in regional outreach efforts as well as fundraising and volunteer recruitmen
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  42. Melissa Samet

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  43. 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.
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  44. Mike Shriberg

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  45. 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.
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  46. Ryan Stockwell

    Ryan is the Agriculture Program Manager for NWF. He also farms in Wisconsin using no till and cover crops to raise corn, soybeans and wheat. Ryan has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Missouri and, when not farming or raising three young boys, he enjoys hunting and spending time in the woods.
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  47. Jillian-Taylor Stokes

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  48. Kate Sutherland

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  49. Gabrielle Swaby

    Gabrielle is a member of NWF's International Team. She holds an MSc in Environmental Policy from the University of Oxford as well as a BSc in Environmental Studies and a BA in French from the University of Central Florida. She is originally from Jamaica and has traveled throughout the Caribbean, North America, and Europe.
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  50. Frank Szollosi

    Frank Szollosi works on policy issues to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, including offshore wind and electric vehicles. Frank also supports the Federal Connections Task Force for RE-AMP, a network of 120 organizations across eight Midwestern states working to advance climate and energy policy. From 2003 until 2010 he served as an elected member of Toledo (Ohio) City Council. Frank is completing a Master's of Science in Natural Resources and Environment and a Master's of Public Policy at the University of Michigan—focusing on cities and their adaptation to the impacts of climate change. He received a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Follow @frankszollosi on Twitter.
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  51. 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.
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  52. Dani Tinker

    Dani Tinker is the Community Manager with the National Wildlife Federation, implementing social media campaigns to build community and deeper relationships with constituents. She holds a Master of Education in Environmental Education from Concordia University in Portland, where she was born and raised. Dani is a naturalist-in-training encouraging youth to get outdoors, adults to keep their youth and everyone to play in the mud. She can be found sharing her passion on Twitter as @d_tinker.
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  53. Eriqah Vincent

    Eriqah was the Southeast Campus Field Coordinator for NWF’s Campus Ecology Program working out of Atlanta, GA. She worked to strengthen local and regional networks of campuses committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Eriqah worked extensively with the Let’s Retrofit A Million Project, was the Georgia Coal Diversity Organizer intern for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), and is currently an Advisory Board Ambassador and Campus Club Fellow for Outdoor Nation. She is a proud native of Newark, NJ and is a departmental honors graduate of Spelman College.
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  54. 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.
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  55. 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
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  56. Trisha White

    Trisha is new to NWF's agriculture policy team, but she's not new to agriculture or to changing policy in Washington, DC. She grew up on a small farm in Michigan where she learned to love and respect all creatures great and small. After serving in the armed forces and college, she moved to Washington, DC to fight for wildlife and protecting the habitat they need to thrive. She worked for World Resources Institute, USAID and over a decade at Defenders of Wildlife changing policy to protect wildlife from dangerous highways.
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  57. Jill Witkowski

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  58. 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.
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  59. 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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  60. Leigh Wyman

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

    Maggie Yancey is the Water Resources Campaign Coordinator. She is responsible for advancing the restoration efforts of the Mississippi River Delta and the Gulf of Mexico. In her graduate program at the University of Nebraska, Maggie completed her thesis on water management policy practices of the Apalachicola-Chatahoochee-Flint River basin. Prior to her graduate studies, she managed the Greater Houston Homebuilders Association’s Green Built Gulf Coast program, which promoted sustainable building through a green residential certification program. As a Gulf native, Maggie enjoys returning to the coast for recreational swimming, diving, beach combing, and kayaking.
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  62. 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.
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