President, Broadview Collaborative, Inc.
Broadview Collaborative, Inc., 2014 – present
Director, Environment Program
The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, 2008 – 2014
Built a national profile for the Foundation’s Environment Program with an emphasis on water sustainability. Lead team that worked with national leaders from government, business, foundations, and non-governmental organizations to examine U.S. freshwater challenges, specifically as they relate to infrastructure, ecosystems, agriculture, energy, climate change, and public health. Work resulted in the release of more than a dozen national reports, including “Charting New Waters: A Call to Action on U.S. Freshwater Challenges” and “Financing Sustainable Water Infrastructure.” Represented the foundation in public venues including television, congressional hearings, radio, print, and social media. Convened on and off-site private conferences and public events for the the foundation.
Milwaukee Riverkeeper®, 2003 – 2008
Responsible for all fundraising, policy oversight, board and staff development, and institutional strategy. Turned around organization during time of crisis and lead Milwaukee Riverkeeper (formerly Friends of Milwaukee’s Rivers) to become nationally recognized watershed leader. Elevated visibility and credibility of Milwaukee Riverkeeper, including acquisition of Riverkeeper boat used to patrol and monitor area waters. Quadrupled organization’s budget and paid staff, and grew the number of financial supporters and volunteers to more than 3,000. Milwaukee Riverkeeper is now the largest and strongest local water advocacy non-profit in the state, with one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation. Oversaw policy and strategy for all organizational matters and institutional direction-setting. Created organizations first major donor program, and established endowment to help ensure organization’s long-term future.
Director of U.S. Network Partnerships
NatureServe, 2000 –2002
Lead the 50+ U.S. natural heritage programs in capacity building, legal aspects of data sharing and data development, training and institutional matters. Negotiated first nationwide data sharing agreement for natural heritage biodiversity databases. Brought the international network of natural heritage programs to consensus on design of new data system.Conducted regional train ing conferences for 100-150 network scientists and data managers.
The Nature Conservancy
Delaware Natural Heritage Program, 1995-2000
Handled fundraising, budgetary oversight, staff development, and public relations. Erased inherited debt, doubled size of program, co-led state’s first ever biodiversity plan, and integrated program with Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Director of Science and Stewardship
The Nature Conservancy
Delaware Field Office, 1993-1995
Planned and directed all conservation for state, as its first staff scientist. Wrote and implemented conservation management and restoration plans for preserves in coastal habitats. Managed hunting and agricultural leases. Implemented reforestation plans, exotic species removal plans, and other preserve management activities. While serving as Acting State Director, landed $800K grant to close the state’s largest conservation land deal to date.
Science and Stewardship Assistant
The Nature Conservancy
Pennsylvania Field Office, 1991-1993
Responsible for all aspects of preserve management, and drafting conservation plans. Developed and implemented monitoring of endangered plant, mammal, and reptile species, as well as natural communities. Certified in prescribed burning, and conducted numerous burns of both high and low intensity.
Biology/Mathematics Teacher, Foxcroft School, Middleburg VA, 1981-1985
Coordinator of Low Cost Energy Conservation Program, Lawrence, MA 1980-1981
MBA, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, 2003
Ph.D., Duke University, Departments of Botany and Genetics, 1991.
Dissertation: “Natural Selection on Gynodioecy in Plantago lanceolata L.
James B. Duke Fellow, 1985-1989
B.A., University of Virginia. Major: Environmental Sciences, 1980
CURRENT AND PAST AFFILIATIONS
Board Member/Officer, River Network, 2010-present, (www.rivernetwork.org)
Board of Visitors Member/Officer, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Univ. of Wisconsin – Madison, appointed in 2009, ( www.nelson.wisc.edu)
Board Member/Officer, River Alliance of Wisconsin, 2006-2012, (www.wisconsinrivers.org)
Founding Officer, Milwaukee Environmental Consortium, 2003 – 2010
Board Member, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, 2009 – 2010
Woman of Influence (Public Policy), 2014, Milwaukee Business Journal
Steady Currents Award , 2013, River Alliance of Wisconsin
Women Putting Their Stamp on Milwaukee, 2006, US Postal Service