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Kristy Jones

Director, Higher Education Programs

Kristy manages NWF's Plastics Reduction Partner program, and supports college and university efforts to protect wildlife and restore habitat on campus through efforts including the Wild Kingdom Grant Program, the Clean Earth Challenge and Trash or Treasure. Kristy has co-authored Stemming the Tide: Taking Action on Campus Against Plastic PollutionThe Campus Wild: How College and University Green Landscapes Provide Havens for Wildlife and 'Lands-On" Experiences for Students and Higher Education in a Warming World – The Business Case for Climate Leadership on Campus. Before joining the National Wildlife Federation, Kristy worked at the Foundation for Environmental Security and Sustainability as an office/research coordinator. Kristy also spent six years working for the Center for Field Studies at George Mason University (GMU). One of her largest projects at GMU was managing The Bahamas Environmental Research Center on Andros Island. Kristy has led several field studies to The Bahamas and Costa Rica. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and master's in Environmental Studies. Kristy is a LEED Green Associate.

Courtney Cochran

Manager, NWF EcoLeaders

Courtney serves as Manager of the NWF EcoLeaders Program —a project-based leadership and career development program and online community for emerging environmental leaders. Courtney graduated from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina, with a B.A. in Political Science and an even deeper appreciation for the beautiful Swannanoa Valley and the power of community. While at Warren Wilson, Courtney served on the Environmental Leadership Center (ELC) work crew where she got her first true exposure to the power of student leadership. Inspired by the optimism, hope and ingenuity of young people, Courtney works to support and uplift the next generation of environmental leaders through her work.

David Corsar

Senior Manager, Climate Equity and Career Development

David Corsar is the Senior Manager for Climate Equity and Career Development programs at the National Wildlife Federation. With the rest of the NWF CEC team, David manages NWF’s participation as a founding organization of the Climate Equity Collaborative. He is also responsible for maintaining the online career center portion of the EcoLeaders community and managing the annual EcoCareers Conference. Before joining NWF, David completed a full 2-year Peace Corps service in the Republic of Armenia where he focused on professional and organizational development for local community-based NGOs. Prior to his Peace Corps service, David worked as an environmental engineer and project manager at a global engineering consulting firm, CDM Smith. David received Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and a Master of Public Administration from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

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More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. The National Wildlife Federation is on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 53 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.

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