Jeff Petersen, Fund for Wild Nature

TITLE: Executive Director

FUNDING AREAS: Species and natural habitat protection and conservation

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PROFILE: Jeff Petersen, the executive director of the Fund for Wild Nature, is an educated man, with a bachelor's degree in political science, and a J.D., and is also a member of the Oregon and Washington State Bars—he is co-founder and legal director of Three Rivers Law Center in Washington state, where, per his foundation bio, "he facilitates peaceful conflict resolution for families and advises clients on a variety of legal matters."

The foundation bio goes on to state:

"Before working for the Fund, Jeff was the first Attorney Fellow at Lewis & Clark Law School's National Center for Animal Law, where he handled litigation focused on advancing legal protections for animals. Before becoming an attorney, Jeff worked as the Membership Coordinator for the Surfrider Foundation, as a freelance photographer, and in the film industry as a camera assistant, photographer, and videographer. He also directed and produced a documentary film about Carnaval celebrations and traditions in a rural Spanish village. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son at their home in the Cascade foothills. He also enjoys surfing, mountain biking, photography, and last but not least, admiring wild nature."

Petersen is passionately committed to animal rights and protection, environmental conservation, and social justice. That's why he's quite possibly the perfect person to head the fund. Given its history, the Fund for Wild Nature is not just a typical environmental funding organization. It actually serves as a conduit that makes many other environmental organizations possible.