Director of Education
Headquarters - Reston, VA
Eliza Russell has been with National Wildlife Federation for 9 years based in Headquarters office. During this time, she has held a variety of positions within the Education Department from developing and managing the volunteer program to providing oversight to keep program such as the Backyard Wildlife Habitat program.
Currently, Eliza serves dual roles to enhance the volunteer program at National Wildlife Federation – focusing on encourage more individuals to get involved by educating community members about issues and actions for some of today’s tough topics. Whether volunteers are educating each other about solution for global warming, rolling up their sleeves to safeguarding wildlife through restoring habitat or creating wildlife habitat, or speaking in front of a local PTA, library or day care meeting with parents about how they can get their kids outside on a regular basis and improve their overall health and well-being. Eliza works with our vast network of volunteers to make a difference where they live.
Individual voices are important part of Eliza’s work. She also works on building strategic partnerships with organizations – across the country. Eliza is known for her “out of the box” thinking to look at groups that you might have thought to connect to the environment – such as the Association of Children’s Museum or First Book, but have the perfect connection to individuals that can help make a difference is they see the connection reading, Ranger Rick magazine and children being outside – can make for wildlife now and in the future.
Eliza understands and works to magnify that National Wildlife Federation is at its heart community built and individual strong. Connecting people to get involved whether through volunteering, connecting us to an organization in the community or voicing their opinions is the power of NWF. The legacy to protect and restore wildlife for our children’s future – starts with me and us.