Kevin is founder and co-executive director of Wildlife for All, previously known as 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 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.
Michelle Lute is a conservation scientist and advocate with nearly twenty years’ experience in biodiversity conservation on public and private lands around the globe. She dedicates her professional life to promoting human-wildlife coexistence through effective public engagement, equitable participatory processes, and evidence-based decision-making.
Michelle holds a PhD in wildlife management from Michigan State University, an MS in animal behavior and ecology from the University of Notre Dame, and a BS in geography and environmental science from Valparaiso University. She started her environmental career in the National Park Service, worked for large and small nonprofits, state government and held research positions at universities across the US. Michelle recently served as the Carnivore Conservation Director for Project Coyote, where she helped to promote compassionate conservation and coexistence between people and wildlife through education, science and advocacy. Michelle has authored over 30 publications in ecology and social sciences to develop evidence-based approaches to human-wildlife coexistence.