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US National Committee

The US National Committee is led by the Chairperson, supported by an Executive Committee made up of four to eight individuals elected from among the Members. The IUCN Councilor for the US and the Director of the IUCN Regional Office in North America both serve as ex officio members of the Executive Committee.

 

Executive Committee

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Christopher Dunn

Chairperson, The Elizabeth Newman Wilds Director, Cornell Botanic Gardens

 

Dr. Christopher Dunn is the Executive Director of Cornell Botanic Gardens and current Chair of the IUCN National Committee for the USA. His involvement with IUCN is deep, enthusiastic, and based on building consensus and collaboration. He initiated and co-organized the 2016 WCC in Hawai'i, recruited many new US-based IUCN members, worked with IUCN colleagues in the US to establish the US National Committee, served on the IUCN 2017-2020 Programme Committee, and is currently on the IUCN-US Board of Directors. He is particularly engaged in facilitating greater representation by Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations and by natural history organizations such as botanic gardens and arboreta. 

His primary goals for the Committee are to: provide a forum for US members to communicate effectively, establish national conservation priorities within the context of the IUCN Programme and Hawaii Commitments, and develop a compelling case for why other US organizations should join the Union. 

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Deb Hahn

Member, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies became an IUCN member in the 90s. Ms. Hahn has been an active member for 7 years. The Association is the voice of the 50 U.S. state fish and wildlife agencies and helps enable conservation delivery on national and international scales. As the International Relations Director, she brings a wealth of US conservation/management and policy expertise and experience on how that intersects with and is influenced by global conversation actions such as those taken by IUCN. She also serves on the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network’s Hemispheric Council, Women in Wildlife Conservation Network Steering Committee, IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group, North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) International Committee, and CMS’s America’s Flyway Framework Task Force. Ms. Hahn participates in CITES, SPAW, CBD, CMS, and the Triateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management. She works on cross-border conservation with Canada and Mexico, and migratory bird conservation in the Western Hemisphere through implementation of Southern Wings, a partnership of state fish and wildlife agencies to conservation migratory birds throughout their annual cycle.

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Scott Hajost

Member, National Whistleblower Center & Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition

An active member of the Executive Committee the past two years, Mr. Hajost has also served as a co-chair of the Policy & Strategy sub-committee and member of the Membership & Communications committee. He has worked closely with the Chair and the IUCN DC office. He has also put a significant effort into retaining existing members, recruiting new members and helping support and promote IUCN at relevant meetings. He is committed to devoting the time and effort to grow the USNC and support strong engagement in the IUCN Marseille WCC including its preparations.

He is the Vice-Chair of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC), the only environmental NGO observer in the Antarctic Treaty System; and the Managing Director, Global Wildlife Program, National Whistleblower Center both partners in IUCN Nature for All. 

 

He is an International lawyer by training and have 38 years of experience working on terrestrial/marine conservation and environment/development policy including at State Department Office of the Legal Adviser, EPA, Acting Associate Administrator for International Activities and Associate General Counsel for International Activities EDF International Counsel, IUCN Executive Director and headed global USAID supported initiatives on forests/climate mitigation (Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities (FCMC) Program and wildlife trafficking/illegal fishing (Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge). He has engaged a broad range of stakeholders over his career – NGOs/governments/ multilateral institutions and doors. He served almost 15 years as Executive Director of the then IUCN USA Multilateral Office including overseeing the IUCN UN Mission in New York; served on IUCN central management; co-lead development of the first IUCN global membership strategy; served on the IUCN US Board and is a member 4 IUCN Commissions WCEL, WCPA. CEM and CEC. 

 

He is keen to continue to help identify priority issues of interest to US members and galvanize the diverse, deep US IUCN membership as a US members’ voice on conservation within the IUCN family including internationally. He is committed to enhancing understanding of members’ interests, initiating new modes of member communications and ensuring that IUCN membership adds value individually and collectively. He is also keen to continue supporting and helping retain existing members and recruiting new ones. He will continue to help “fly the IUCN flag” at meetings and events as he has done in the past. 

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Healy Hamilton

Member, NatureServe

Dr. Healy Hamilton is Chief Scientist at NatureServe, a western hemisphere biodiversity information network focused on management and conservation of at-risk species and ecosystems. She is a biodiversity scientist with graduate degrees from Yale and the University of California, Berkeley, and extensive field experience in the tropical forests of Latin America. At NatureServe, Dr. Hamilton leads a staff of over 20 scientists with expertise in ecology, zoology, botany, conservation, data science, and information management. She is also a world expert on the taxonomy, evolution and conservation of seahorses and their relatives. Dr. Hamilton is past President of the Society for Conservation GIS, a Fellow of the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, and serves on the Science Committee of the National Park Service Advisory Board. She is a Switzer Foundation Environmental Leadership grantee and a former U.S. Fulbright Scholar. 

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Jennifer Luedtke

Member, Global Wildlife Conservation

Jennifer Luedtke is Manager of IUCN Red List Assessments at Global Wildlife Conservation. Since 2015, she has served as the Global Coordinator of the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group Red List Authority (ARLA) and has been leading the Second Global Amphibian Assessment—an initiative that seeks to update the extinction risk of the 8,000+ known species of frog, toad and caecilian on the IUCN Red List. Jennifer advises Global Wildlife on the application of the IUCN Red List to its strategy and programs, including wildlife conservation projects and the identification of Key Biodiversity Areas including Alliance for Zero Extinction sites. 

Prior to joining GWC, Jennifer worked for the IUCN Species Survival Commission in Bath, England for five years, collaborating closely with the IUCN Secretariat. She is a leading young conservationist with a diverse background in amphibian and bird fieldwork, community conservation projects, and environmental sustainability in higher education. In addition to delivering a foundational dataset for 

IUCN’s flagship knowledge product — the Red List — Jennifer has extensive experience with the vast SSC volunteer network and understanding of how the Commissions, Secretariat, and member organizations collaborate. An ongoing area of interest for Jennifer is the role of religion and faith in conservation, and she is a member of the SCB Religion and Conservation Biology Working Group. In addition to Global Wildlife, Jennifer has also held positions the USDA Forest Service and A Rocha International, both IUCN member organizations. 

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David Reynolds

Member, George Wright Society

David Reynolds is motivated by his lifelong passion for natural resource conservation. That passion is fueled by the increasingly serious problems such as climate change, biodiversity loss and ocean resource degradation facing us all. Adding to this passion is the responsibility he feels for the children who will inherit this world after our generation is gone. This, and the knowledge, skills and contacts he has accumulated during his career makes him an effective member of the Executive Committee. 

David is the President of the George Wright Society (GWS) (georgewrightsociety.org), a long-time institutional member of IUCN. Being President of the GWS keeps him connected with the latest practices and practitioners of protected areas management in North American government, NGOs, Indigenous and local communities. 

During his 37-year career with the National Park Service (NPS), US Department of the Interior, he managed natural resource management, international training and programming, planning, environmental compliance, recreation and cultural resources programs in parks and central offices. 

From 2011 to 2015 he was assigned by the NPS to serve as the Senior Advisor for Protected Areas Capacity Development to the IUCN Global Protected Areas Program. During that time, he created and coordinated the activities of the IUCN WCPA Protected Areas Capacity Development Group, consisting of 55 international professional volunteers that produced material for publication and training. The culmination of the Group’s work was the Strategic Framework for Capacity Development 2015-2025, completed and launched at the 2014 World Parks Congress in Sydney. 

In addition to being President of the George Wright Society and a member of the IUCN WCPA Capacity Development Specialist Group, he also served on the Board of Directors of The Nepal Foundation. He has a BSc. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Massachusetts and a MSc. in International Environmental Systems Management from the American University. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Subcommittees

National Committee members are welcome to join any of the subcommittees that are established to further the interests of IUCN Members in the US. Members may recommend to the Executive Committee the establishment of new subcommittees.

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Membership and Communication Subcommittee Co-Chairs

Paul Salaman

Rasmussen Family Foundation, Galapagos Conservancy, Inc (non-Member organization)

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Bonnie Wyper

Thinking Animals United

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Policy and Strategy Subcommittee Chair

Scott Hajost

National Whistleblower Center & Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition & Thinking Animals United