NWF Experts and Speakers Bureau
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 Casey Skeens at SkeensC@nwf.org.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Collin joined National Wildlife Federation as President and CEO on July 7, 2014. Under O’Mara’s leadership, the National Wildlife Federation is focused on recovering America’s wildlife ranging from bison and bighorn sheep to pollinators like monarch butterflies and native bees, improving management of and access to public lands, restoring America’s waterbodies, advancing environmental education (including publishing Ranger Rick magazines), and connecting every American child with the great outdoors. Prior to the National Wildlife Federation, O’Mara led the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control as Cabinet Secretary from 2009 through 2014. In that position, Secretary O’Mara served as the state’s top natural resource official, led the state’s efforts to conserve and restore wildlife and fishery habitat, improve air quality and public health, ensure access to clean water, expand outdoor recreation and environmental education opportunities, and enhance the state’s resilience to extreme weather and other climate impacts. O’Mara lives in Delaware and spends every possible moment in nature fishing, hunting, hiking, and birding with his wife Krishanti and daughter Riley.
Vice President of Education and Training
Kevin has committed 35 years to US river and watershed conservation and environmental education. An expert on wild rivers, watersheds, higher education sustainability, environmental literacy, and community-based conservation, Kevin oversees NWF’s Eco schools USA, habitat certification system, campus EcoLeaders, and children and nature programs. He also guides the organization’s education policy work for greener K-12 schools, environmental education, and applied science education. Prior to NWF, Kevin was President and CEO of the National Environmental Education Foundation, CEO of American Rivers, Chair of the Natural Resource Council of America, and was an Assistant Regional Director at the National Park Service overseeing the Land and Water Conservation Fund and wild river and national area resource studies in the Northeastern US. Kevin has a Juris Doctorate from Temple University. He is recipient of numerous awards including the Interior Department’s Meritorious Service Award, the White House Reinventing Government Award, and Paddler Magazine’s Top Ten River Conservationists of All Time.
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. In particular, Jim has expertise in energy development, mining policy, climate/wildlife impact issues and other related matters.
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.
Vice President, International Wildlife Conservation and Corporate Strategies
Barbara and her team at NWF specialize in reducing the impacts of agricultural expansion, which can foster deforestation and climate pollution. She convinces global brands and retail chains to help reduce threats to wildlife habitat by demanding “deforestation free” commodities (such as soy, palm oil, beef and leather). A long-time participant in international conservation issues, Barbara works with the United Nations on the Sustainable Bioenergy for All initiative, the global Climate Change agreement, and the REDD+ program, a mechanism for compensating countries for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. She also promotes sustainable production of biofuels and biomass, chairs the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, and serves on the board of the Forest Stewardship Council.
Regional Executive Directors
Mike Shriberg, PhD - 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 (Midpines, CA)
Hillary Harp Falk - Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center (Annapolis, MD)
Brian Kurzel - Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional Center (Denver, CO)