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Our Leadership

Executive Committee & Executive Director

Steve Williams – Executive Committee Chair 2022-2023

President, Wildlife Management Institute

Steve Williams is the President of the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI), founded in 1911, WMI is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to providing leadership to conserve, restore, and enhance North American wildlife and its habitat. As President of WMI, Steve serves on the Board of Directors of the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports (co-vice chair), National Conservation Leadership Institute (chair), the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Fish and Wildlife Resources’ Relevancy Working Group (co-chair), the National Deer Alliance (co-vice chair), and is a professional member of the Boone and Crockett Club and The Wildlife Society. Prior to joining WMI, Steve served as Director of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Deputy Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and Assistant Director for Wildlife and Deer Project Leader of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University and a M.S. from the University of North Dakota.

Cindy K. Dohner – Past Executive Committee Chair 2021-2022

President, Cindy K. Dohner LLC

Cindy Dohner is an independent environmental consultant with extensive experience in comprehensive natural resource conservation providing support to Federal and State Agencies Fish and Wildlife Agencies, private landowners, NGOs, and industry. She is a strong business professional with experience in landscape and watershed conservation, building partnerships, species conservation, and assisting landowners solve large scale conservation issues. She worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 25 years, and before her retirement in August 2017, she served as the Regional Director of Southeast Region. She provided vision, leadership, and oversight for activities in 10 States and the Caribbean and oversaw the management of 130 national wildlife refuges, 24 national fish hatcheries and fishery offices, and 16 Ecological Services offices with more than 1500 employees. She earned her B.S. in Marine Biology from Millersville University, and a M.S. in Fisheries and Aquaculture from the University of Rhode Island.

Jimmy Bullock

Senior Vice President of Forest Sustainability, Resource Management Service, LLC

Jimmy Bullock oversees sustainable forestry and environmental policy and programs and advocacy on forestry issues for RMS-managed timberlands in the United States. He also has responsibility for forest certification and audit programs and leads environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives for RMS-managed timberlands globally. He has a well-established track record of supporting innovation in voluntary and collaborative wildlife conservation on working forestlands. Jimmy earned his B.S. degree in Forestry from Mississippi State University in 1980 and his M.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology from Mississippi State in 1982. A Certified Wildlife Biologist, Mississippi Registered Forester and Society of American Foresters Certified Forester, Jimmy is on the Board of Directors for the National Conservation Leadership Institute, the Catch-A-Dream Foundation, the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, the Forest Landowner’s Association, and the Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy.

Mike Leahy

Senior Director of Wildlife, Hunting, and Fishing Policy, National Wildlife Federation

Mike supports the restoration of all wildlife populations through his work on policy related to wildlife, hunting, fishing, and public lands. Mike’s priorities include transforming wildlife conservation for the 21st century through funding and improving the Endangered Species Act and other wildlife laws; representing the conservation interests of hunters and anglers in healthy, abundant wildlife populations and habitat; and ensuring national forests, wildlife refuges, and other national lands remain in public ownership and are well managed. Mike’s work is informed by over two decades of work to conserve wildlife and natural resources, and an interest in all things outdoors. Mike has been Conservation Director for the Izaak Walton League of America; Rockies and Plains Director and Natural Resources Counsel for Defenders of Wildlife; and Forest Campaign Director for National Audubon Society. Mike enjoys getting out to hunt, fish, hike, and have fun in the outdoors. Mike has a law degree from Georgetown University and studied Natural Resources at Cornell University.

Dave Tenny

President and CEO, National Alliance of Forest Owners

Dave Tenny is the founding President and CEO of NAFO. Under his leadership, NAFO has grown from 14 initial members in 2008 to 49 member companies that own and manage 46 million acres of private working forests and 34 state and national associations that represent tens of millions of additional acres. Dave’s passion for building trust and pursuing solutions-based advocacy has helped NAFO become a leading national advocate committed to advancing federal policies that ensure our working forests provide clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat and jobs through sustainable practices and strong markets. Dave previously served as Vice President for Forestry and Wood Products for the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) and as Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment at the United States Department of Agriculture where he had responsibility for the U.S. Forest Service. He got his start in the U.S. House of Representatives where he served as Counsel and Natural Resources Policy Advisor for the House Committee on Agriculture and as Counsel for U.S. Representative Wally Herger of California. A native of Boise, Idaho, he earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and a law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Dave previously served as Vice President for Forestry and Wood Products for the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) and as Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment at the United States Department of Agriculture where he had responsibility for the U.S. Forest Service. He got his start in the U.S. House of Representatives where he served as Counsel and Natural Resources Policy Advisor for the House Committee on Agriculture and as Counsel for U.S. Representative Wally Herger of California. A native of Boise, Idaho, he earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and a law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She holds a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Environmental Studies from Brown University. She loves to flyfish, kayak, hike, and photograph beautiful spots in the great American outdoors.

Lauren K. Ward

Executive Director, Conservation Without Conflict

Lauren Ward has served as the Executive Director of Conservation Without since January 2021. Ward has also served as the General Counsel and Director of Regulatory Affairs for Forest Landowners Association, where she led the organization’s outreach program, bringing wildlife agency officials together with forest landowners and diverse stakeholders to build trust and execute solutions for species conservation on private forestlands. Throughout her career, Ward’s interdisciplinary expertise in natural resources policy, social sciences, and land management has provided her with a unique perspective on collaborative conservation and the role that innovative tools and partnerships can play in achieving landscape-scale goals. Ward earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and she earned her J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law. She also holds a Master’s in Natural Resources and a Ph.D. in Forest Resources from the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. Ward’s doctoral research examined the perspectives of private forest landowners regarding the Endangered Species Act and its implementation on private forestland across the United States. Ward and her family live in Monroe, Georgia, where she enjoys hiking, running, and cooking homemade family recipes.