Chief Program Officer
Mid-Atlantic Regional Center // Annapolis, MD
Hilary Harp Falk serves as the Chief Program Officer at the National Wildlife Federation, leading all conservation and education programs. She previously held the position of Vice President for Regional Conservation, where she led the organization’s seven regional offices with a focus on regional growth and strategic plan implementation. Before these national roles, Falk led the National Wildlife Federation’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Center including programs on wildlife conservation, coastal resiliency, water policy, greenhouse gas reduction, and education. She is an expert in large-scale ecosystem restoration and coalition building. She created and directed the Choose Clean Water Coalition, a 230-member advocacy organization focused on protecting the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Falk is a champion for women’s leadership and advancing equity in the conservation movement. She was selected as a 2016-2017 fellow with the International Women's Forum and co-chairs the National Wildlife Federation’s Women in Conservation Leadership Advisory Council.
Prior to her work at the National Wildlife Federation, she was a Senior Policy Analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute, focusing on large-scale ecosystem restoration of the Upper Mississippi River, Chesapeake Bay, and Delaware River. She started her career as an educator at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
She has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Franklin and Marshall College and received her Masters of Science in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. Falk was selected as a Switzer Foundation Environmental Fellow in 2005. Her master’s thesis focused on participatory computer modeling for complex environmental decision making. Falk received a Tribute to Women and Industry award from the YWCA in 2014. Her passion for her work stems from a childhood spent exploring the edges of the Chesapeake Bay. Falk currently lives with her husband and two sons in Annapolis, Maryland.
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