NWF Bloggers

  1. 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.
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  2. Abby Barber

    As NWF'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
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  3. Grace Barnett

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  4. Sarah Bates

    Sarah Bates is the Deputy Director of the Northern Rockies, Prairies and Pacific Region, in Missoula, Montana.
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  5. Emily Becker

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  6. Steve Bender

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  7. Laura Bruss

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  8. Patrick Bujold

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  13. 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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  14. David DeGennaro

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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.
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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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.
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  22. Crystal Grant

    Crystal coordinates efforts to engage youth and emerging leaders, both regionally and nationally, to support the mission and work of the National Wildlife Federation. As Regional Youth Coordinator, Crystal is responsible for supporting the implementation of Earth Tomorrow®, which is NWF’s multi-cultural, youth environmental education and leadership program based in Atlanta. Nationally, Crystal is part of the Emerging Leaders Engagement core team, and leads the Emerging Leaders Council (ELC). Crystal earned her BS in Environmental Science at Spelman College.
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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. Tiffany Hartung

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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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.
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  29. Aaron Kindle

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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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.
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  37. 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
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  38. 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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  39. 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.
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  40. 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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  41. Kaitlin Parker

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  42. Laura Potts

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  43. 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-five 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. Her new book, "When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working it Out in California," will be published by Heyday in spring of 2016. Beth lives outside of Yosemite with four dogs, two cats, and the many frogs who frequent her backyard frog pond.
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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. Kamla Sullivan

    Kamla has been with NWF since 2007. She began her non profit career working with at-risk youth in the highly concentrated gang areas of Hawthorne and Compton in Los Angeles. During her time with Media Arts Academy Charter School she served as a community liaison, speaking to local city council members, local youth programs, church leaders and School District staff. She has served as a representative for NWF with the recent GOCO inspire initiative, as well as 3 years on the executive planning committee for National Get Outdoors Day-Colorado. Kamla’s newest role is to oversee the growth of the region’s education programs and will serve as the lead liaison with the Eco-Schools staff expanding those programs in the Denver area.
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  49. Kate Sutherland

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  50. Erin Sweeney

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  51. Dani Tinker

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  52. 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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  53. 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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  54. Jill Witkowski

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  55. 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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  56. Leigh Wyman

    Leigh Wyman is NWF's program assistant for urban wildlife in California.
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  57. 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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