Vice President for National and International Conservation Programs
National Advocacy Center // Washington, D.C.
Sarah Laskin serves as the Vice President for National and International Conservation Programs at the National Wildlife Federation, leading the organization’s work to implement national and international programs in the cause of conservation and to integrate these with regional program work. Laskin is an accomplished leader and facilitator with over 20 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations on global programs in conservation, science, public engagement, and storytelling.
Prior to joining the National Wildlife Federation, Laskin spent 16 years at the National Geographic Society in their Science and Exploration Programs. There she served as senior vice president and chief operating officer for Science and Exploration through July 2016 and oversaw strategic planning, budgeting, and program development and implementation across National Geographic's global field research, conservation, exploration, and public events activities.
Prior to joining National Geographic in 2000, Laskin spent five years working on ocean, coastal, and fishery policy issues in the Clinton Administration. She served as associate director for fisheries and coastal issues at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and as the program examiner for NOAA programs at the White House's Office of Management and Budget, which she joined as a Presidential Management Fellow in 1995. She was involved in organizing the U.S. Commerce Department and U.S. Navy's National Ocean Conference in 1998, and was a co-author of "Looking to the Sea: America's Ocean Future," a special report on ocean policy. Before entering government service, Laskin spent a year as a Conservation Fellow at World Wildlife Fund.
Laskin has a master’s degree from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard. Her passion for and commitment to protecting wildlife and reconnecting people to a conservation stewardship ethic grew out of a six-week visit to Kenya when she was 17.
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