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.
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.