Category Archives: POLITICAL ACTION

Eliza Cava

Eliza Cava - Audubon Naturalist Society Director of Conservation

DIRECTOR OF CONSERVATION
ANS

Areas of Expertise:
Conservation
Environmental Education
Environmental Policy
Outdoor Eduction
Outdoor Recreation
Political Action

ELIZA CAVA

Eliza Cava - Audubon Naturalist Society Director of ConservationEliza joined ANS as Director of Conservation in 2016. She is an avid canoer and kayaker and believes that healthy streams mean healthy communities. Prior to joining ANS, Eliza worked at Defenders of Wildlife, analyzing federal projects and policies that touched upon a broad range of renewable energy, land management, and wildlife conservation issues. Before working  in environmental policy, Eliza was an environmental and outdoor educator in Maryland, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Oregon.

Eliza received a B.A. in Environmental Education from Swarthmore College and a Master of Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and is a Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program’s Chesapeake Regional Network.

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Lisa Alexander

Lisa Alexander - Audubon Naturalist Society Executive Director

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
ANS

Areas of Expertise:
Conservation
Environmental Education
Environmental Policy
Environmental Restoration

LISA ALEXANDER

Lisa Alexander has served as ANS’s Executive Director since 2013. As Executive Director, she has created a visionary Master Plan that will transform ANS’s iconic headquarters at Woodend Nature Sanctuary Headquarters into a living laboratory for the study of restoration and ecological balance in our increasingly urbanized region.

Lisa plays a leading role in setting diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion goals for environmental organizations throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Prior to stepping into the role of Executive Director, she served as both Deputy Director and Director of Environmental Education at ANS. Lisa launched the ANS GreenKids Program, an environmental education partnership with public schools that has served more than 30,000 school children in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia since its inception in 2005.

Ms. Alexander previously worked on numerous, nationally-based educational programs and outreach efforts. She served as an Educational Resource Specialist in the National Digital Library of the Library of Congress, the Director of Product Development for Delta Education, the Science Product Manager for the School Division of Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, and as National Science Consultant for Scott, Foresman and Company.

Lisa is the 2008 recipient of the Montgomery County “Outdoor Educator of the Year” award and was honored by The Washingtonian magazine as a 2009 recipient of their Green Award for her work with GreenKids. She serves on the steering committee of the Choose Clean Water Coalition and was a member of the 2015 Rock Creek Park Green Ribbon Panel.

She has two sons and lives with her husband just steps from Rock Creek Park where she enjoys frequent hikes.

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Sarah Anderson

FOUNDER & CEO
LILLIE LEAF SOLUTIONS, LLC
Areas of Expertise:

City Forestry
Community Engagement
Environmental Justice
Parks
Urban Greening

Sarah Anderson is an expert builder, not, however, with cement or steel. Sarah builds relationships.

She founded Lillie Leaf Solutions, LLC to help national urban greening stakeholders to develop new ways of addressing equity, access, inclusion, and justice in their work. Sarah’s experience includes developing and administering national programs, managing constituent engagement for associations, and facilitating local and national professional development events. Most recently, she managed the conference program for the Greater & Greener 2017 International Urban Parks Conference. Sarah and her team at Lillie Leaf currently serve as the project lead of the Growing Tree Canopy Through Environmental Justice project which helps to build community capacity for planting and caring for trees in systemically disenfranchised Chesapeake Bay Region communities. Sarah has a dual Bachelor’s degree in Urban & Environmental Studies and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Bowie State University.

Sarah works to build and strengthen ties between urban communities and environmental organizations, and develop plans for environmental and cultural sustainability in D.C.  She has become a partner with ANS to build bridges to urban areas and communities of color, and served on ANS’s Woodend 2065 Master Plan committee, been a keynote speaker at the Conservation Department’s Conservation Café series, served on ANS’s programs committee, and provided sponsorship for the inaugural Naturally Latinos conference.

Linda Lear

AUTHOR, RESEARCHER
Areas of Expertise:

Rachel Carson biographer
Beatrix Potter biographer
Environmental History

LINDA LEAR

1970s environmental history students studying under Linda Lear at George Washington University didn’t know Rachel Carson, a woman whose courage, insatiable scientific curiosity, and poetic way with words launched the modern environmental movement. “They found reading Silent Spring hard-going, which it was. So, I said, ‘We’ve got to have something for the students.’ “
Lear meant something that would make Carson’s life and work easier to digest. When the professor couldn’t find material that fit the bill, she detoured. “I started my research not knowing that I grew up (in Pittsburgh) within 50 miles of where Carson grew up in Springdale, PA. I began finding people who knew Rachel and realized I was onto something much bigger than a classroom biography,” said Lear, who is today the definitive biographer of Carson.

Over 15 years, Lear conducted 300 interviews, traveled to four states and landed at ANS where she met Shirley Briggs, Carson’s former assistant and head of the Rachel Carson Council. By winning the confidence of Carson’s editor, Paul Brooks, Lear was able to bring her research to life in 1997 when Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature was published.

“Carson’s expertise is that she’s able to take this massive amount of research and knowledge, and turn it into not just something interesting, but the most beautiful prose imaginable,” said Lear, an ANS member and Montgomery County resident, just as Carson was.

“In the process of writing Silent Spring…Carson didn’t jump at conclusions. She was sicker and sicker (with cancer) and, on some level, she knows this will be her last book. People wanted her to say all insecticides are carcinogenic. She didn’t know that,” Lear said. “(Carson) did know that humans could mess up the world pretty badly with their love of machines and their disregard for nature.”

Carson’s legacy of passion balanced by precision has changed the world, and Lear’s. “More than ever, people are recognizing this woman was quite (remarkable). She had something really important to say, and she said it fearlessly. I’ve grown as a person because of her example,” said Lear.

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