Jamie Rappaport Clark Joins Defenders of Wildlife as New Executive VP

Former Clinton Fish & Wildlife Service Director To Head Up Defenders’ Day-to-Day Operations

(02/04/2004) - Washington, DC – Defenders of Wildlife President Rodger Schlickeisen today announced the hiring of Jamie Rappaport Clark as the organization’s Executive Vice President. In her new position, Ms. Clark will serve as deputy to the president and will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the organization.

"All of us at Defenders are extremely excited to welcome Jamie into our family. I can’t think of anyone more qualified to serve as our Executive Vice President. Throughout her 23-year career, including four years as head of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, she has consistently demonstrated herself to be one of the most highly innovative and effective conservationists in the country. Her unique endangered species conservation, management and advocacy background make her a particularly good fit for Defenders of Wildlife," said Schlickeisen.

Jamie Rappaport Clark is a veteran of the Fish & Wildlife Service, where she started as a senior staff biologist in 1989 before rising through the ranks to ultimately become Agency Director under President Clinton for his second term in office. She has a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management and a master’s in wildlife ecology, combined with post-graduate work in environmental planning. In her most recent executive position, she spent two years as senior vice president for conservation programs at the National Wildlife Federation.

"Threats to our natural resources heritage are now at levels unsurpassed in recent memory. I am excited to be joining an amazing team of dedicated professionals at Defenders of Wildlife committed to protecting our wild places and wild creatures for my son's generation and those beyond," said Clark.

The Executive Vice President is a new position created particularly to correspond to Ms. Clark’s wide ranging skills, knowledge and abilities. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the organization, she will serve as vice chair of Defenders’ Strategic Team and chair of the program committee overseeing all conservation programs, government relations, litigation, educational and communications activities. Her official start date is February 9, 2004.

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Defenders of Wildlife is one of the nation's most progressive advocates for wildlife and habitat, and was named as one of America's Top 100 Charities by Worth magazine. With more than 450,000 members and supporters, Defenders is an effective voice for wildlife and habitat. To learn more about Defenders of Wildlife, please visit www.defenders.org.

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