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Rewilding Leadership Council Member Kathleen Fitzgerald

Kathleen Fitzgerald

Kathleen is a conservation leader recognized for her extensive experience in integrated large landscape conservation and development programs in Africa and North America. Kathleen has lived in Africa for 12 years. She was a senior staff member of the African Wildlife Foundation for 11 years, most recently serving as Vice President for East and Southern Africa. 

She now leads Conservation Capital’s Business Consulting Africa division focusing on increasing revenue for protected area management and wildlife conservation. She serves as Senior Conservation Advisor to AWF.

Kathleen has helped create new conservation areas, improve management of protected areas, established innovative public, private partnerships and led community conservation initiatives. She managed climate mitigation and adaptation programs and completed dozens of land transactions in North America and Africa.

Kathleen started her career at Wild Earth magazine and later at the Wildlands Project. She was Executive Director of the Stowe Land Trust and co-founded and ran the Northeast Wilderness Trust. She is widely published and a member of IUCN’s Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group and IUCN’s Connectivity Specialist Group.

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