Meet Our New Director of Conservation, James Schroeder!

It is all about the partnerships! We can do more if we work together."

Director of Conservation James Schroeder. Photo © Nikolaj Lasbo / TNC

James Schroeder is the new director of conservation for The Nature Conservancy’s Washington chapter.

He brings 20 years of public and nonprofit sector experience in the environment, and 10 years with our chapter. In his time here, James has been engaged in our work throughout the state, from the forests of the Cascades and the Olympics, to our vibrant salmon rivers to the treasured sagebrush country of the Columbia Plateau. He has led teams that have worked toward some of our biggest successes, with his most recent focus on building a comprehensive program of forest restoration and community engagement in the Central Cascades.

James will manage, in partnership with our team of conservation leads, our conservation, science, stewardship and transactions efforts.

James believes we can accomplish greater results and better conservation outcomes by working together in collaborative partnerships. He admires the Conservancy’s approach of leading with science, building partnerships, finding common ground and developing lasting solutions that have local to global impacts.

Before his current position, James worked for The Nature Conservancy as the director of forest conservation and partnerships, conservation director for Eastern Washington and as the director of freshwater programs in Washington. Before joining The Nature Conservancy in 2008, he worked for 10 years on Pacific salmon recovery as the senior environmental policy specialist for the National Wildlife Federation and as a program manager for King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks.

James received a joint M.S. in Environmental Policy and Biology from Tufts University, as well as a B.A. in bioethics from Brown University.