Rocky Mountain Regional Center
Lew Carpenter is the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Regional Representative for Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada and Utah. He also maintains a moderate role working with NWF’s Austin office on restoring Louisiana wetlands.
Carpenter was born and raised in Greeley, Colorado. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University. After graduating in 1991, he launched AZ Sports magazine, which focused on outdoor recreation and participatory sports. In 1995 he moved to San Diego to pursue more traditional journalism opportunities. Carpenter covered the San Diego County crime beat for a regional wire service while producing a political column for a local newspaper.
In 1998 Carpenter took the helm of Western Outdoors magazine (circ. 100,000) as its editor, while also acting as an associate editor for Western Outdoor News, a weekly hunting and fishing newspaper reaching 70,000 sportsmen per week. Western Outdoors offered Carpenter the opportunity to write about the West, and for eight years he promoted fishing, hunting and conservation from Alaska to Baja, Mexico.
Carpenter came back to his home state of Colorado to produce three, 10-episode sportsmen’s television shows on the Versus (formerly OLN) network – TRCP’s Life in the Open, The Federal Experience and The Bucks of Tecomate with Jeff Foxworthy.
His current role is to advise the affiliate board directors in WY, NM, AZ, ID and NV (UT is currently vacant) on leadership cultivation, capacity building and programmatic work (policy advice on regional and national issues) - where these groups should weigh in politically in their region to effect results.
At the end of the day, Carpenter’s job is about ensuring the long-term effectiveness of NWF and its affiliates by building strong organizations, developing and supporting effective leadership, and creating strong networks of influential people to achieve national and regional conservation victories.