Since 2003, Brigitte Griswold has worked to create The Nature Conservancy’s first national urban youth initiative, The Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) Program. During her twelve-year tenure at The Nature Conservancy, she has impacted the lives of thousands of young people, raised over $12 million in support of youth programming, and launched promotional efforts which reach over 200 million viewers, readers and listeners annually.
Brigitte is a 2009 Fellow of Green for All, a national organization dedicated to building an inclusive green economy, and a 2010 Fellow of the Center for Whole Communities, which promotes stronger connections between people, land and community. She led the Education Advisory Panel of The National Forum on Children & Nature and is a Regional Leader of the Children and Nature Network. Brigitte has appeared on many national TV, print and online programs, including US News & World Report, NBC Nightly News, CBS Morning Show and Fox News discussing topics such as exposing youth to careers in the green economy.
As Director of Youth Programs for The Nature Conservancy, Brigitte leads the overall strategy for Youth Engagement, which includes increasing opportunities for young people to learn, act, and lead in the conservation field as well as developing strategic partnerships with youth-serving organizations to empower the next generation of conservationists.