Chesapeake Mid-Atlantic Regional Center
Austin Kane is a Policy Specialist for NWF. Her work primarily focuses on safeguarding wildlife from climate change. Currently, she is working with affiliates, fish and wildlife agencies, and other partners in Virginia and North Carolina, and throughout the region, to integrate climate change into their states’ Wildlife Action Plans. She also will head office efforts to engage in regional clean energy issues, such as offshore wind energy development.
Prior to joining the National Wildlife Federation, Austin was a Science and Policy Analyst with the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), where she worked as a part of ELI’s State Biodiversity and Wetlands Programs, focusing on implementation of state wildlife action plans, invasive species and climate change issues, and wetlands protection. Kane has also worked as an Assistant Planner for the Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources, where she helped develop and write Hawaii’s Wildlife Action Plan. Kane received a master’s degree in Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, and a B.A. in Biology from the University of Virginia.