Geoffrey Willard is the Deputy Director of NCEAS and the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP), an initiative linking NCEAS with The Nature Conservancy and the Wildlife Conservation Society. SNAPP projects leverage NCEAS' strengths as a synthesis center to investigate and help solve the most challenging problems at the intersection of nature conservation and human well-being.
Geoff has devoted his career to helping science and conservation organizations a) implement actions that support people and nature, and b) raise public awareness about environmental challenges. As Public Programs Manager for the California Academy of Sciences, he partnered with the museum's research staff to design educational programs about evolutionary biology and biodiversity conservation, managed a team of educators, and directed institutional strategic initiatives. He also led habitat restoration projects in Northern California with the Conservation Corps North Bay, served as Treasurer of the Board of Directors for RE-volv (a renewable energy non-profit), and was a Fellow with both EDF Climate Corps and the Coro Center for Civic Leadership
Geoff has a B.A in History from the University of Rochester and a MESM in Conservation Planning from UC Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. His Master's project was a partnership with Defenders of Wildlife to identify potential wolf-livestock conflict hotspots in California and determine the most locally feasible conflict reduction strategies. This work has informed the development of California Department of Fish & Wildlife's Wolf Conservation Plan and Defenders' outreach and policy strategies.