June, 2016: Partnering with the Health Sector on Conservation Finance and Community Initiatives

Lisa talks with Wendy Jackson (Freshwater Land Trust) and Brad Gentry (Yale University) about how demonstrating the link between conservation and human health has lead to a more successful partnership with community leaders and organizations.

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Wendy Jackson - Wendy is the Executive Director of the Freshwater Land Trust, a position she has held since 2001. Prior to that, she spent eight years at the Alabama Chapter of The Nature Conservancy as Director of Land Protection and Government Relations. At the Freshwater Land Trust, Wendy has established partnerships that have resulted in the formation of the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve and Conservation Area, the Five Mile Creek Greenways Partnership , the 1,108-acre Red Mountain Park property in Birmingham, and the Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System. During her tenure as Executive Director, the Freshwater Land Trust has protected or helped to protect over 10,000 acres throughout Central Alabama.

Brad Gentry - Brad is the Associate Dean for Professional Practice at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, a Professor in the Practice at the Yale School of Management and Director of the Yale Center for Business and the Environment. Trained as a biologist and a lawyer, his work focuses on strengthening the links between private investment and improved environmental performance. He has worked on land, water, energy, industrial and other projects in over 40 countries for private (GE, Suez Environnement, Working Lands Investment Partners), public (UNDP, World Bank, Secretariat for the Climate Change Convention) and non-for-profit (Land Trust Alliance, The Trust for Public Land) organizations. He holds a BA from Swarthmore College and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Lisa Brush - Lisa is the Executive Director of The Stewardship Network. Lisa has been leading collaborative conservation initiatives in the nonprofit environmental sector for over two decades. In her role as co-founder and Executive Director of The Stewardship Network she has engaged thousands of professionals and volunteers in identifying community and conservation needs of the 21st century and determining strategic support The Network can provide. She has managed and overseen grant projects from federal and state agencies, as well as family and private foundations. She has been involved in all aspects of organizational management including foundation/agency relationships, grant based project funding, budget tracking, contract negotiation, implementation, accountability, project reporting and staff and board development. Lisa has facilitated strategic planning sessions, focus groups, citizen task forces, community visioning sessions, and public involvement and feedback meetings with groups ranging in size from four to four hundred. Lisa emphasizes tried and true in-person methods of bringing people together augmented by the use of cutting edge online technology. Lisa serves on numerous boards of directors, has a BA in Science in Society from Wesleyan University, an MS from University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, and is a graduate of Michigan State University's Great Lakes Leadership Academy.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 12:00pm
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