Protecting the North American West: Philanthropy’s Role in Conservation


About the Speakers

Brian Clark HowardInterviewer
Brian Clark Howard
Senior Writer Covering the Environment
National Geographic

BRIAN CLARK HOWARD is senior writer, covering the environment, at National Geographic. An award-winning multimedia journalist, Howard has written and reported extensively on environmental and conservation issues. He previously served as an editor for and E/The Environmental Magazine, and has written for Popular Science,,,, Yahoo!, MSN, and elsewhere. He is the co-author of six books, including Geothermal HVAC, Green Lighting, and Build Your Own Small Wind Power System.

Philip RigdonPanelist
Philip Rigdon
Yakama Nation Superintendent of the Department of Natural Resources

PHILIP RIGDON is the Yakama Nation Superintendent of the Department of Natural Resources, overseeing programs protecting and enhancing fisheries, wildlife, water resources, and cultural resources. He represents the Yakama Nation on the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project Workgroup and Conservation Advisory Group, Columbia River Policy Advisory Group, and the Hanford Natural Resource Trustee Council. Rigdon is president of the Intertribal Timber Council and represents the Yakama Nation on the Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative.

Lisa Pike SheehyPanelist
Lisa Pike Sheehy
Vice President of Environmental Activism, Patagonia, Inc.

LISA PIKE SHEEHY is vice president of environmental activism at Patagonia, Inc. She oversees the company’s international environmental grants program, which gave away $6.2 million to grassroots organizations in 2015. Sheehy leads Patagonia’s multiyear campaigns to publicize environmental problems and mobilize employees and customers. She is on the boards of the Outdoor Industry Association’s Conservation Alliance, 1% for the Planet, and the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation. She recently received the Outdoor Industry’s Women’s Coalition Pioneering Woman award.

Michael ScottPanelist
Michael Scott
Acting Program Director of Environment, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

MICHAEL SCOTT is acting program director of environment at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. His grant-making team focuses on climate change in the United States, China, India, Europe, and Latin America; conserving the North American West; and solving environmental problems facing disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.