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Outdoors Staff

National Wildlife Federation staff are drawn to the work by their love of our natural resources, and for many, that love is rooted in their experiences as hunters and anglers. Staff across the federation work on fish and wildlife issues critical to our outdoor pursuits. The following staff are hunters and anglers and the core of our sporting staff who work every day on the issues and programs that support our outdoor experiences.


Meet the Team

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Aaron Kindle

Director of Sporting Advocacy

A lifelong Westerner, Aaron possesses a deep appreciation for the West, its people, and its wild country. Aaron focuses on numerous hunter/angler conservation efforts for the National Wildlife Federation, including elevating the Federation’s sporting voice across the country. Read bio >>

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Carlee Koutnik

Artemis Program Manager

Carlee resides in Colorado and grew up with a wide appreciation for our public lands and wildlife. She graduated from the US Air Force Academy with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and earned her Master’s degree from the University of Florida in Ecological Restoration. Carlee served eight years in the Air Force specializing in occupational and environmental health management and sexual assault victim advocacy in Florida and Alaska. She proudly finished her active military service as an instructor of biology at her alma mater and continues to serve in the Colorado Air National Guard. Among Carlee’s repertoire of interests, she’s a lifelong hunter and enjoys camping, triathlons, snowmobiling, and pottery. Carlee’s role as the Program Manager is to guide Artemis in growing our complete sportswoman’s community while ensuring conservation is at the core of all things Artemis. Read bio >>

Mandela van Eeden

Mandela van Eeden

Sporting Communications Coordinator

Mandela started documenting stories around conservation in China and Australia as a teenager and, to this day, her intention is to seek and share knowledge by producing video, audio, print and live multimedia storytelling. Read bio >>

Additional National Wildlife Federation staff are inveterate hunters and anglers, and are working on programs and issues related to hunting and fishing.

Education Coordinator
(Missoula, MT)

Tribal Bison Coordinator
(Fort Washakie, WY)

Director of Conservation Partnerships for IA, KS, OK, TX
(Austin, TX)

Field Director, Public Lands
(Santa Fe, NM)

Director of Conservation Partnerships for CO, NE, NM, AZ
(Littleton, CO)

Director of Conservation Partnerships for CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT
(Montpelier, VT)

Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator for Vanishing Paradise
(Memphis, TN)

Director of Conservation Partnerships for WI, MN, MI
(Rochester, MN)

Senior Program Manager for Wildlife Conflict Resolution (Missoula, MT)

Director of Conservation Partnerships for AR, LA, MO, MS
(Austin, TX)

Senior Wildlife Biologist
(Washington, DC)

Director of Wildlife, Hunting, and Fishing Policy
(Washington, DC)

Wildlife Conflict Resolution Program Manager
(Longmont, CO)

Regional Connectivity Coordinator
(Santa Fe, NM)

Great Lakes Policy Director
(Ann Arbor, MI)

Director of Tribal Lands
(Loveland, CO)

Director of Conservation Partnerships for AL, GA, SC, FL
(Marietta, GA)

Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator for Vanishing Paradise
(New Orleans, LA)

Senior Director for Western Wildlife and Conservation
(Cheyenne, WY)

Southeast Director of Private Lands Forestry
(Peachtree City, GA)

Director of Conservation Partnerships for IL, IN, OH
(Ann Arbor, MI)

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