About Women in Conservation Leadership

Stronger conservation through women leaders of all ethnicities, races and cultures.

National Wildlife Federation is one of the largest and most powerful conservation organizations because of it’s unique ability to affect change with decision makers from the halls of Congress to grass tops and grassroots coalitions on the ground. National Wildlife Federation has spent decades building alliances of diverse communities – from the backyard gardener and weekend birder to the hunter/angler – all committed under the same conservation ethic that aspires to save America’s wildlife, wild spaces and our human connection to them. When we save wildlife, we save ourselves.
Women in Conservation Leadership is an important part of National Wildlife Federation’s 30 year vision to:
  • protect, restore and connect wildlife habitat
  • transform wildlife conservation
  • develop a conservation stewardship ethic
The Women in Conservation Leadership program develops, empowers and champions women leaders within the environmental community.
Although women comprise more than 60% of new hires and interns in environmental organizations, they make up only 30% of presidential and board chair positions – and women of color are dramatically underrepresented. We cannot achieve our conservation goals without the perspectives and leadership of all of the people our movement represents. Growing women’s leadership in conservation is critical to the success of our movement.
Women in Conservation Leadership provides skill building, training and networking opportunities to bolster and support women in the environmental field. We do this by acknowledging female-specific and intersectional identity barriers and by equipping women with networking opportunities, coaching and guidance to cultivate success in their personal and professional lives. We support women in all stages of their career and at every level of leadership.
Women in Conservation Leadership launched in 2017 alongside the Women in Conservation Leadership Summit, a women’s-only conference for building capacity in conservation. In just the first two years, Women in Conservation Leadership has reached hundreds of women across the country, and our community continues to grow. Join us today.
Learn more about the co-founders of Women in Conservation Leadership below.
Elizabeth Lillard
Women in Conservation Leadership Coordinator

Elizabeth Lillard is an Agriculture Program Specialist and Women in Conservation Leadership Program Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation and is based out of the Great Lakes Regional Office in Ann Arbor. As a member of the NWF National Agriculture Program, she spends part of her time working to involve more water utilities with agriculture conservation and source water protection.  The rest of her time is devoted to coordinating and managing the Women in Conservation Leadership Program. Elizabeth received a B.A. in Geology from Wellesley College in 2011, and a M.S. in Conservation Ecology from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment in 2013.

Claudia Malloy
Associate Vice President, Campaigns
Claudia Malloy is the Associate Vice Present at the National Advocacy Center in Washington DC. She has been a political strategist for over 25 years and has a reputation for creating new mobilization approaches and designing strategic campaigns that result in clear policy victories. Claudia develops and implements strategic advocacy campaigns with the help of a large nationwide network of staff, consultants, and affiliate leaders to advance policies that grow a diverse and inclusive political movement to protect wildlife. She has been instrumental in the execution of landmark policies, including passing the Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill, finalizing the Clean Power Plan, and pausing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Claudia also serves on the National Board of the U.S. Climate Action Networks.
Jennifer Hill
Associate Director - Great Lakes Regional Center
Jennifer Hill serves as the Associate Director for NWF’s Great Lakes Regional Center where she is charged with the management and oversight of key programs, carrying out key elements of strategic planning implementation, and new program development and associated fundraising. Jennifer was an active member of the Great Lakes Advisory Board from 2013-2018, advising the Environmental Protection Agency on best practices for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Jennifer currently serves on the planning committee for the Women in Conservation Leadership effort which was launched in 2017 to empower women across the Federation to grow as conservation leaders.  Jennifer received her B.A. in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan School Of Natural Resources and the Environment in 2005.
Geralyn Hoey
Director of Conservation Partnerships
Geralyn is a Director of Conservation Partnerships for NWF’s South Central Regional Center in Austin, Texas, working with state affiliates and partners in Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.  She has been with NWF since January 2008. Geralyn also co-chairs the Design Team for the NWF Annual Meeting. Previously, she was Executive Director of the Cumberland River Compact, a regional watershed organization based in Nashville, Tennessee that focused on education and cooperation to enhance water quality.  She has also served on the boards of many non-profit organizations throughout her career.

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