NWF Experts and Speakers Bureau
The National Wildlife Federation’s conservation work is focused in three major areas: confronting global warming; connecting people with nature by getting them outside; and safeguarding wildlife and restoring wildlife habitat. The organization has numerous experts in each of these areas who welcome the opportunity to share their knowledge and expertise through speaking engagements.
If any of these individuals could make a contribution as a speaker at one of your upcoming meetings/conferences/workshops please contact Mindy Means at email@example.com.
Larry Schweiger - President and CEO - With over 30 years working in the conservation arena, Larry has been a national leader in bringing the public’s attention to the need to confront global warming and urging the country’s Congressional leadership to step up and deal with this issue which threatens America’s wildlife heritage and the future of the planet.
Jaime Matyas - Chief Operating Officer - Jaime is passionate about giving kids time outdoors to explore nature and has been instrumental in leading NWF’s Reversing Nature Deficit campaign. As the mother of two young children she understands how connecting with nature can contribute to a child’s overall physical and mental health.
Kevin Coyle - Vice President, Education - Kevin has committed 35 years to advancing America’s environmental education. An expert on “nature deficit” Kevin oversees NWF’s connecting people with nature programs and guides the organization’s policy work to get “No Child Left Inside” legislation passed in Congress and in state legislatures.
Jim Lyon -Vice President, Conservation Policy - With over 30 years working in the conservation community, Jim is instrumental in developing and implementing strategies and activities that help NWF achieve its national conservation policy goals. As an expert in conservation policy, Jim represents NWF’s interests with national policy makers, elected officials, the media, and other public arenas.
John Kostyack - Senior Counsel and Executive Director, Wildlife and Global Warming - an expert on the Endangered Species Act, John is responsible for advancing new strategies to safeguard wildlife from the impacts of global warming. John also has expertise on invasive species and state wildlife action plans.
Doug Inkley, Ph.D - Senior Scientist - A certified wildlife biologist by training with expertise in ecology and wildlife management, Dr. Inkley is one of the country’s leading experts on the impact of global warming on wildlife and wildlife habitat. He was the lead author of the 2004 report Global Climate Change and Wildlife in North America published by The Wildlife Society.
Amanda Staudt, Ph.D - Global Warming Scientist - Dr. Staudt provides scientific expertise for NWF’s activities on global warming. When she speaks to groups she is able to translate complex scientific theories into terms the public can understand. As the author of several global warming impact reports for NWF, Dr. Staudt connects the dots between global warming and weather related phenomenon including wildfires, hurricanes, increased flooding and drought in certain areas of the country.
David Mizejewski - Media Spokesperson and Naturalist - As NWF’s Media Spokesperson and Naturalist, Dave focuses on teaching the American public how to help wildlife and connect with nature in their own backyard. He was host and co-producer of the Animal Planet’s TV series Backyard Habitat, and has made appearances on gardening TV and radio shows including NBC’s Today Show and the Martha Stewart Show. Dave is author of Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife and NWF’s Wildlife and Weather newsletter.
Barbara Bramble - Senior Program Advisor, International Affairs - A long time participant in international conservation issues, Barbara works with the United Nations on the REDD program, a mechanism for compensating countries for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation.
Felice Stadler - Director of Operations, Global Warming Solutions - A citizen organizer for NWF, Felice speaks to grassroots groups on a variety of topics including how to organize and motivate concerned citizens to participate in community, regional and national policy issues affecting the environment and wildlife conservation with special emphasis on energizing the public to demand government leaders create global warming solutions.
Meri-Margaret Deoudes - Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Special Events - Meri-Margaret Deoudes leads the Corporate Relations, Special Events and Be Out There work at NWF. She joined NWF in 2009 to support NWF’s Be Out There movement to connect children with nature, promote the holistic health benefits of outdoor play and grow the next generation of environmental stewards.
Danielle Brigida - Social Media Manager - Danielle actively engages a wide range of constituents using a mixture of online tools and social networking sites. By tracking emerging trends and measuring impact, she consistently finds the most effective ways to drive traffic to NWF's campaigns.
Regional Executive Directors
Andy Buchsbaum - Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Center (Ann Arbor, MI)
Curtis Fischer - Executive Director of Northeast Regional Center (Montpelier, VT)
Susan Kaderka - Executive Director of the South Central Regional Center (Austin, TX)
Tom France - Executive Director of the Northern Rockies Regional Center (Missoula, MT)
Beth Pratt - Executive Director of the California Regional Center