Founded as the Conservation Council of Virginia in 1969, Virginia Conservation Network (VCN) began as a roundtable of major conservation groups and has grown to include over 120 Network Partners across the Commonwealth. VCN is committed to building a powerful, diverse, and highly-coordinated conservation movement focused on protecting our Commonwealth’s natural resources today and for tomorrow.
VCN is a facilitator of strategic action, a resource for Network Partners statewide, and a constant conservation presence in Virginia’s Capitol. Playing a unique role in Virginia’s conservation community, VCN helps the community speak with one coordinated voice. The organization and its staff focus on strengthening the conservation community as a whole and winning environmental victories that benefit all Virginians.
VCN’s Network Partners work on a wide range of issues from stream restoration to transportation reform to renewable energy advancement to promoting sustainable community growth and more. Given the diverse work of our Partners, VCN organizes its programs into three main categories: Healthy Rivers, Clean Energy, and Green Communities.
VCN serves as the Virginia Affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). NWF and its affiliates are committed to increasing America’s fish and wildlife populations and enhancing their capacity to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Find out more at nwf.org.
Mary Rafferty | Executive Director
Kelley Galownia | Communications Manager
Kristie Smith | Policy & Campaigns Manager – Energy & Transportation
Pat Calvert | Policy & Campaigns Manager – Land & Water
Kyle Hart | Wildlife & Sportsman Organizer
BeKura Shabazz | Climate Organizer
Sheri Wood | Administrative Assistant
Board of Directors
- Anne Beals
- Karl Bren — President, Green Vision (ret.)
- Henry Broaddus — Vice President for Strategic Initiatives & Public Affairs, College of William & Mary
- Elizabeth Christeller
- Will Cleveland — Staff Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center
- Mary Cromer — Staff Attorney, Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, Inc.
- Hope Cupit — President and CEO, Southeast RCAP
- Daryl Downing — Vice Chair and Executive Committee Member of the Sierra Club (Virginia Chapter), USAF Lt. Col. (ret.)
- Karen Forget — Executive Director, Lynnhaven River Now
- John D. Hutchinson V — Conservation Director, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation
- Cale Jaffe — Assistant Professor of Law & Director of the Environmental and Regulatory Law Clinic, University of Virginia School of Law
- Chris Miller — President, Piedmont Environmental Council
- Noah Sachs — Professor, University of Richmond School of Law & Director, Merhige Center for Environmental Studies
- Stewart Schwartz — Executive Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth
- Skip Stiles — Executive Director, Wetlands Watch
- Lou Verner — Retired Virginia State Biologist / Ecologist
- Martha Wingfield