Kevin is founder and executive director of the Southwest Environmental Center. He received a BS in Biology from Dartmouth College, and a MS in Natural Resources Policy at the University of Michigan. After decades of advocating for wildlife, he realized that as long as the people who viewed wild animals as soulless resources were making all the decisions about how they should be managed, wildlife advocates would be fighting endless rearguard actions to stop bad things from happening, and rewilding would remain a distant dream. So he and the SWEC team decided to launch Wildlife for All, a national campaign to reform state wildlife management to be more ecologically-driven, democratic and compassionate. The first Wildlife for All conference was held in 2018.
He lives in the Chihuahuan Desert of southern New Mexico where he and his wife enjoy the sunsets and coyotes.
Growing up in Colorado, Michael spent much of his time outdoors—biking, running, hiking, camping and otherwise enjoying public and private lands along with the wildlife it holds. This experience developed his lifelong passion for protecting the environment. He is experienced in policy analysis and research, political communication, and environmental advocacy. Previously, Michael was the Conservation Manager at the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators where he worked on state-level conservation policy across the nation. Michael has a master’s in Environmental Resource Policy from George Washington University. While in graduate school, Michael interned for the Government Relations Team at The Wilderness Society and for the Agricultural and Environmental Legislative Aides in Senator Michael Bennet’s office.
Michael spends his spare time getting outside as much as possible and has even spent the last year and half getting into birding. He also dabbles in comedy including improv, sketch, and writing satire.
Mikaila grew up in the foothills above Boulder before moving to Bellingham to complete her Bachelor’s degree. During her time in Colorado and Washington, she gained a deep respect for the scenic and wild landscapes of the American West and the wildlife that inhabit those ecosystems. Wanting to learn more about policy and how it can work to benefit wildlife and the environment, she spent two years completing a Master’s degree in Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University. Upon graduation, she moved to Santa Fe to complete an internship with WildEarth Guardians. Her work was focused on efforts to ban the cruel practice of trapping on public lands throughout New Mexico. It was through this experience that Mikaila realized her ambition to work for a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and improving policies that benefit native wildlife.
Robyn is a spiritual ecologist who works to support and protect the myriad non-human lives in our wild areas. She has a background in growing community and membership engagement in environmental issues and enjoys the challenge of engaging and inspiring people to be better earth stewards. She is passionate about exploring how people are connected to the landscape in which they live and how that impacts their willingness to protect and connect with the lives found there.
Robyn has lived in the Puget Sound area her entire life and spends most of her time outdoors gardening, hiking, skiing, or exploring with her partner and their dog, Fionn. She is a beekeeper, an accomplished, wool-obsessed knitter, and mom to two adult kids and a flock of chickens. She has a Master’s degree in Creative Non-Fiction, and her writing explores issues around illness and disease survivorship and how time spent outdoors helps us heal and grow.
Communications & Development Intern
Jessica is a recent graduate of the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, where she studied the emerging field of “green social work.” Originally from Los Angeles, California, she has lived and traveled through many states, countries, and continents, following her passion for adventure, continual learning and growth, and “the great outdoors.” She has taught organic gardening, cooking, yoga, and meditation at an outdoor therapy program on the Big Island of Hawaii, led kayaking, hiking, and snorkeling adventures and environmental stewardship workshops on Catalina Island off the coast of California, and led ski lessons in Colorado’s majestic Rocky Mountains. Wanting to impact change at a systems level, she transitioned to the non-profit advocacy and service world, working to advance food justice, social justice, climate justice, environmental justice, and ecological justice through policy and local solutions. She is excited to be joining the Wildlife For All team!