Beth Pratt of the National Wildlife Federation talks Weigh in for a Cause
This week’s guest is Beth Pratt, the California Director for the National Wildlife Federation, who has worked in environmental leadership roles for over twenty years, and in two of the country’s largest national parks: Yosemite and Yellowstone. Beth spends about 60% of her working life on the road and knows full well the challenges this much traveling takes on health and the body. She and Jackie will discuss the nature of her work for the National Wildlife Federation, her favorite charities and Weigh in for a Cause – a new way you can lose weight while raising money for your favorite charity!
Beth Pratt, the California Director for the National Wildlife Federation, has worked in environmental leadership roles for over twenty years, and in two of the country’s largest national parks: Yosemite and Yellowstone. Before joining NWF, she worked on sustainability and climate change programs for Xanterra Parks & Resorts in Yellowstone as its Director of Environmental Affairs. Prior to her role in Yellowstone, for nine years Ms. Pratt served as the Vice President/CFO for the non-profit Yosemite Association in Yosemite National Park.
In 2007, she traveled to Japan as part of a month-long Rotary International Professional Exchange to study business, sustainability, and national park operations. She is also a member of the Association of Partners for Public Lands Training Corps, serves on the advisory committee of the non-profit Save the Frogs and the education committee for Felidae Conservation Fund. In 2012, she was selected to train with Vice President Al Gore as part of the Climate Reality Project Leadership Corps. Her work has been featured in CNN, the Christian Science Monitor, Sustainable Industries, Fast Company, Sierra Magazine, Green Lodging News, KQED, and the Peter Greenberg Radio Show. She is also the author of the upcoming book, When Mountain Lions are Neighbors: Wildlife in Today’s California.
Ms. Pratt graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Boston with bachelor’s degrees in management and biological anthropology, and a minor in marketing. She also obtained a master’s in business administration from Regis University in Denver. In 2009 she earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Accredited Professional credential. Under her leadership, Yellowstone’s environmental programs received environmental achievement awards from the National Park Service three years in a row, from 2009-2011.
Beth writes about wildlife, climate change, weather, and her frog pond on her blogs—www.bethpratt.com and http://blog.nwf.org/blog/author/prattb/ She lives outside of Yosemite with her four dogs, two cats, three western toads, and the many frogs who frequent her frog pond in her Cerified Wildlife Habitat backyard.