State Director, Alaska
Areas of Expertise
public lands policy, natural resource management, First Nations land claims; Alaska history
Steve Cohn joined The Nature Conservancy in 2018 after a distinguished 16-year career with the federal Bureau of Land Management, where he successfully served as deputy state director for resources in Alaska for five years, in addition to serving in senior BLM postings in Washington, D.C. and Arizona.
Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University and advanced degrees from the University of California at Berkeley College of Natural Resources, where his master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation, respectively, were titled, “Federal Reserves and the Politics of Alaskan State and Native Sovereignty” and “Competing Claims, Uncertain Sovereignties: Resource Conflict and Emerging Tripartite Federalism in Yukon Territory, Canada.”
He lives with his family in Anchorage, Alaska, where he enjoys fishing, hiking and paddling rivers in remote sections of the state.