Vice President, One Federation
Great Lakes Regional Center // Ann Arbor, MI
Andy Buchsbaum is the Vice President for One Federation. He oversees the efforts to deepen and grow the partnerships between the National Wildlife Federation and its 51 affiliated state and territorial conservation organizations and help them increase their capacity. Working with all parts of the organization, his responsibility is to bring about One Federation that will have a force multiplier effect for conservation at the national and state levels. He also is a senior advisor to the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund, the c-4 sister organization to the National Wildlife Federation.
Prior to his One Federation role, Buchsbaum was the National Wildlife Federation’s Vice President for Conservation Action, where he oversaw the National Wildlife Federation’s regional offices and affiliate partnerships, and the Interim Executive Director for the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund. Before that, he spent 12 years as the Regional Executive Director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Regional Center. In that role he co-chaired (and co-founded) the 115-organization Healing Our Waters Coalition. Under his leadership, the National Wildlife Federation and Healing Our Waters have helped to win an unprecedented $1.6 billion in federal funding for Great Lakes restoration and new state and federal laws to protect Great Lakes water supplies. Buchsbaum won the Detroit Free Press Michigan Green Leader Award in 2014.
A recovering attorney, he has authored and co-authored numerous studies, reports, and law review articles and testified on a wide range of Great Lakes issues before state, regional, and national government bodies, including the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, the International Joint Commission, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For the past 18 years, he has taught environmental law courses at the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to joining the National Wildlife Federation in 1998, Buchsbaum was the senior attorney for the Midwest office of the National Environmental Law Center and the Program Director for the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) in Michigan. He got his undergraduate degree at Harvard College and his law degrees at Boalt Hall (University of California, Berkeley) and Georgetown University Law Center.
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