Education we need, for the world that we want.
Conservation education and community engagement is central to my work and life’s passion. For the past 22 years I’ve had the opportunity to work for conservation organizations that have woven into their missions a commitment to raising environmental awareness in their local communities. I’m passionate about finding new and meaningful ways to communicate science and conservation related issues to diverse audiences through interdisciplinary learning, conservation field experiences, and stewardship programs. I believe strongly in the power of collaboration to hear the voices of our many community members to create strong conservation solutions.
I think the key to successful environmental and conservation education is designing experiences that effectively engage diverse community members in learning about and addressing environmental issues. During my career I have been successful at increasing community involvement and building neighborhood/community leadership. I know that engaging with a community is not about launching a program in isolation, but is about working with partners within the community that understand community needs and how organizations can collaborate more effectively to achieve great results. Throughout the years I’ve had opportunities to work with various community partners that may not have shared the same focus on environmental issues, but who worked with overlapping audiences, and shared a commitment to civic engagement. I believe that engaged communities lead to more diverse and inclusive organizations that are relevant to the populations that they serve.