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National Wildlife Federation
11100 Wildlife Center Drive
Reston, VA 20190
EcoLeaders Community Manager
Headquarters // Reston, VA
Courtney serves as Community Manager for the National Wildlife Federation's EcoLeader Initiative—an online leadership certification program with an online support community for emerging environmental leaders. Courtney graduated from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina, with a B.A. in Political Science and an even deeper appreciation for the beautiful Swannanoa Valley and the power of community. While at Warren Wilson, Courtney served for four years on the Environmental Leadership Center (ELC) work crew in the role of Publications Assistant. Based largely on her work at the ELC Courtney received the Upper French Broad River Defense Association Outstanding Achievement Award as well as the Roosevelt-Ashe Society Award for Outstanding Youth in Conservation. In her free time, Courtney enjoys long hikes and live music.
EcoLeaders Career Center Manager
Headquarters // Reston, VA
David Corsar brings to his role as the National Wildlife Federation's EcoLeaders Career Center Manager approximately 10 years of experience in environmental engineering, project management, community and organizational development, and youth empowerment. Most recently, David completed a full two-year Peace Corps service in the Republic of Armenia where he focused on individual professional development for project managers in local community-based NGOs, support for gender equality and women’s empowerment organizations, and development of leadership potential and awareness of contemporary issues such as environmental protection, gender equality, and human rights in teenagers and young adults. Prior to his Peace Corps service, David worked as a project manager and environmental engineer at a global engineering consulting firm, CDM Smith, where every year he persuaded the coworkers in his small office to jump into the Atlantic Ocean in the middle of winter to raise money for Special Olympics’ annual Polar Plunge and to pick up trash in the hot, summer sun as part of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s annual Clean the Bay Day. He also served on the Virginia State Committee of Water For People, where he developed an interest in nonprofit administration. David is an alumnus of Old Dominion University (Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering) and George Mason University (Master of Public Administration). He’s an avid hiker and trail runner and cannot resist the draw of a volleyball court, whether indoors or on the beach.
Southeast Regional Center // Atlanta, GA
Eriqah works to strengthen local and regional networks of campuses committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by organizing networking opportunities and educational events. A proud native of Newark, NJ, Eriqah is a 2010 departmental honors graduate of Spelman College with a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Women’s Studies. While in school, she was an active member and on the executive board of several organizations including the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), Spelman chapter. However it was her introduction to Students Endeavoring for Enlightened Environmental Decisions (SEeED), a Morehouse College chartered organization that helped her discover her passion for environmental sustainability and environmental justice. She went on to serve as Internal Director of that organization in her senior year and helped organize two of the largest African American student delegations to PowerShift, once in 2009 and again in 2011. Outside of school, Eriqah has worked extensively with the Let’s Retrofit A Million Project (formerly Let’s Raise A Million), was the Georgia Coal Diversity Organizer intern for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), and is currently an Advisory Board Ambassador and Campus Club Fellow for Outdoor Nation. She is very excited about her position at the National Wildlife Federation and hopes, among her other duties, to provide resources to bring HBCUs, like her beloved Spelman, into this emerging “green” movement. When she does find free time, Eriqah enjoys bonfires with friends, watching movies, mentoring high school students, singing, dancing, and traveling. Her favorite quote is, “I found God in myself and I loved Her fiercely” by Ntozake Shange because we can all find the greatness in ourselves, embrace it and therefore go out and do great things.
Senior Manager, Campus Ecology
Headquarters // Reston, VA
Kristy manages campus team memberships, resources such as web conferences and sustainability fellowships, internships, key partnerships, and has co-authored Higher Education in a Warming World – The Business Case for Climate Leadership on Campus. Before joining the National Wildlife Federation, Kristy worked at the Foundation for Environmental Security and Sustainability as an office/research coordinator. Kristy also spent six years working for the Center for Field Studies at George Mason University (GMU). One of her largest projects at GMU was managing The Bahamas Environmental Research Center on Andros Island. Kristy has led several field studies to The Bahamas and Costa Rica. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and master's in Environmental Studies. Kristy is a LEED Green Associate.
Senior Director of Campus and Community Leadership
Headquarters // Reston, VA
For more than two decades, Ms. Keniry has worked to advance leadership for sustainability in U.S. higher education and beyond. She co-founded the National Wildlife Federation's Cool-It! Program in 1989 (re-named Campus Ecology in 1993). She and her team co-founded the Energy Action Coalition, comprised of more than 30 campus and youth organizations advocating for leadership to confront global warming, and organized the meetings that lead to the formation of the Higher Education Associations' Sustainability Consortium (HEASC).
Ms. Keniry has spearheaded several national educational initiatives, including the national Chill Out Competition on campus innovations to reduce global warming pollution, the nation's first and largest national report cards on higher education sustainability performance, a campus ecology fellowship program, and an array of publications and educational productions in diverse media, including dvds, webcasts and television. She wrote the landmark book Ecodemia: Campus Environmental Stewardship at the Turn of the 21st Century (1995) and co-authored Green Investment, Green Return: How Practical Conservation Projects Save Millions on America’s Campuses (1998), Higher Education in a Warming World: The Business Case for Climate Leadership on Campus (2008) and numerous other articles and publications. She recently directed the development of the Guide to Climate Action Planning: Pathways to a Low-Carbon Campus (2008) and Generation E: Students Leading for a Sustainable, Clean Energy Future (2009).
She earned undergraduate degrees in international relations and German from Agnes Scott College and a master's degree in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins University.
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