President's Circle

Bob Wick

You belong to an extraordinary group of people who help protect our wild.

Making a Difference for Wilderness

Bound by a shared commitment to The Wilderness Society, our President’s Circle members represent the organization’s most generous philanthropists and ambassadors. Your exceptional commitment to our mission sets the standard for giving and sustains our work, enabling The Wilderness Society to protect wild public lands for all people to enjoy for generations to come. 

Our Vision:

A future where people and wild nature flourish together, meeting the challenges of a rapidly changing planet.


Collective Impact Results:

These are the five key results we aim to achieve by 2030 along with partners. Learn More

 

2030 Collective Impact Results

 


Contact Us

As a member of the President's Circle, you have a team of staff members at your service. Please feel free to reach out to us anytime:

Moira Chapin
Director of Major Gifts
415-398-1497
[email protected]
Mary Hsue
Sr. Philanthropy Officer, Northwest
206-705-7816
[email protected]
Allen May
Sr. National Campaigns Director
406-556-7122
[email protected]
     
Allie Cohen
Sr. Philanthropy Officer, Southwest + Rockies
720-647-9492
[email protected]
Liese Dart
Sr. Philanthropy Officer, Eastern region
202-429-2694
[email protected]
Tami Rowan
Philanthropy Specialist
415-489-2586
[email protected]

Leadership Giving and Benefits

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Upcoming Events
 

June 8, 2022 – President’s Circle call: Urban to Wild, Tackling Inequitable Access to Nature in the Southern California Mountains

2:00-2:45pm ET / 11:00-11:45am PT

Join The Wilderness Society’s regional experts on a virtual visit to the Southern California Mountains, a place defined by unparalleled biodiversity and proximity to a population of 20 million. Federal lands comprise 75% of the region, yet only 30% is currently protected—making it one of the top five landscapes around the country where we are prioritizing our work to protect and connect wildlands, fight climate change and advance equitable access to nature.

On a visually stunning journey with maps, film, and photography, we will step into the urban edge of this mountainous landscape, a portion of which was designated as the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument in 2016. This achievement empowered a community-led effort to make these protected wildlands available to park-poor residents of Los Angeles County. Known today as our Urban to Wild program, it has transformed the way we work with community partners to press for policies that ensure all can benefit from local public lands—such as securing transit-to-trails shuttles, increased visitor services, educational programming, and support for tribal stewards.

Registration link coming soon! For more information or to RSVP: [email protected]


Recent Events

April 8, 2021 – “In Our Nature” exclusive Youth in Wilderness film screening

Join The Wilderness Society and Ironwood Tree Experience for a screening of the short film,  In Our Nature, spotlighting our Youth in Wilderness program partner in Tucson, AZ. April 8, 2021. 4pm PT/7pm ET
See Event Here: https://youtu.be/wCKVg51Ga84

April 20, 2021 – Bears Ears Virtual Tour

Join us for a virtual tour of one of America’s iconic natural and cultural landscapes and a priority place for protection for TWS and our native partners. The multi-media tour will be hosted by local Navajo guide, Louis Williams of Ancient Wayves Adventures. April 20, 2021. 9am PT/noon ET
See Tour Here: https://youtu.be/Q_h7-jr62l4

April 22, 2021 – KEEN x Garcia Present: Rainforest Benefit Concert, Protect the Tongass

With their new Jerry Garcia product line, KEEN is supporting The Wilderness Society as they highlight the urgent need to protect America’s old-growth forests, chief among them—the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. On Earth Day (4/22), tune in to hear an exceptional lineup of musical artists and celebrate the joys of nature. Hosted by MC and TWS Governing Council member, Dave Matthews, the event will feature a live Q&A with Trixie Garcia and Jamie Williams. April 22, 5pm PT/8pm ET
See Event Here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=302057278167174&ref=watch_permalink

April 27, 2021 - Understory: Film Screening and Discussion about the Tongass

The Wilderness Society is proud to sponsor a short film about the Tongass National Forest titled Understory, which is currently screening at various film festivals and events around the country. The film follows three women as they sail around the Tongass, capturing the unrivaled beauty and bearing witness to the destruction, meeting with local advocates and formulating their own plans to try to stand up to protect this place. April 27, 5pm PT/8pm ET
See Event Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knFORZBuw4c

February 9, 2022 - U.S. Climate Action Can Start on Public Lands Now 

Pledging to take urgent action on climate, the Biden administration took early steps to outline its aggressive climate and conservation goals. But a year later, action is wanting and the window to tackle the unfolding crisis is closing fast. Fortunately, U.S. public lands provide many avenues of climate action, and all are available to President Biden—if we can pressure him to act and soon.

See Event Here: 
https://wilderness.zoom.us/rec/share/l7eyUPdcnG1qMH_PSN_kDxmWFhBawT7rOXn6G22d0dnyGwUowGyUtyfyEpdyQ4WN.mKFxBhMLSmlxcGt2  Access Passcode: ^wH1t6hi


Insider Updates for the President's Circle

Read the latest from Jamie Williams, TWS President


In-Conversation Series with Leaders and Experts

Our In-Conversation discussions provide a unique and exciting platform where prominent leaders and experts discuss current events, politics and challenges to some of the most pressing issues facing our national wild lands.  We aim to broaden the conversation and explore solutions to help secure the long-term health of the nation’s natural resources, wildlife, and landscapes for the benefit of all people. 

In July 2020 we co-hosted a 3-part speaker series “Public Lands: We the People” with the acclaimed Aspen Institute. This powerful series culminated in a report with tangible policy recommendations.

Full Report

The first installment in the series, Public Lands, We the People, the panel on July 1 explored the ways we can – and must – manage our public lands to be an essential part of a national strategy to combat climate change and biodiversity loss, improve community health, and ensure all people can enjoy nature’s benefits.

 

A Bold Solution to the Climate Crisis: Public Lands

From dense urban centers to rural communities, opportunities to enjoy the benefits of nature and access outdoor spaces can be limited. During this second session of the series, Public Lands, We the People, experts in the realms of community-led park development, open space and public lands come together to share recent efforts that move communities closer to achieving equitable access to the outdoors and their co-benefits.

 

 
Local Parks to Public Lands: Access for Communities, By Communities

The third and final session in the Public Lands, We the People virtual series, focused on the role of national public lands in sustaining a resilient natural network that will help human communities, wildlife, pollinators and the larger web of life to thrive in the face of habitat loss and climate change. With the right policies and partnerships, our public lands and waters—some of the highest quality strongholds of nature left on the planet—can be connected in a continental system that provides clean air, drinking water and refuge for all.

 

 
Conservation that Unites People, Lands and Wildlife

Read Stories From Members Like You

Your generosity helps preserve and protect the places you love, from the remote wilderness of Alaska's Arctic to the serene lakes and rivers of Maine's north woods. With your commitment, you follow in the footsteps of giants like Bob Marshall, Margaret "Mardy" Murie and Aldo Leopold to protect wilderness and inspire others to care for our wild places. Thank you for being a significant partner in our work.

“I want to ensure that wild places will
always be available for my grandchildren, for us, for
plants and animals—no matter what.”

— Marsha McMahan Zelus

Read stories from other donors in our latest Annual Report


    The Look of Wilderness Protection 

    We all know how compelling great visual elements can be and our program staff often employs extraordinary visual elements to make powerful statements and convey complex messages succinctly.

    Photographs

    Often going where few have ever been, landscape photographer Mason Cummings brings to life some of our nation's most remote wildlands. His ability to capture the beauty of wilderness inspires us day after day; so we've made a few highlights available for anyone to use as computer desktops, or backgrounds for video calls. You can take a look here. We’re delighted to find the backgrounds were featured in a recent Washington Post story.

    Film

    Through the immersive experience of film, stories come to life. They are not only a highly effective means of communication but can create understanding and empathy in ways no other media can. Take for example a trio of short films Where Life Begins, Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee and We Are Abel offering insights on the Gwich'in people and the importance of protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.