Jessica Ottney Mahar

New York Policy Director

Jessica Ottney Mahar is the Policy Director for The Nature Conservancy in New York. Since joining the Conservancy in 2007, Jessica has led and participated in efforts to successfully enact more than a dozen new state laws and regulations to protect and restore New York’s natural resources and increase funding for environmental conservation. Her team works to secure significant public funding allocations to enable conservation work in New York and beyond. Jessica also oversees The Nature Conservancy’s involvement in partnerships that support the advancement of the organization’s policy priorities.

Jessica has more than fifteen years of environmental policy experience in New York. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, she worked as Legislative Associate for The Adirondack Council in Albany, and Program Coordinator for Citizens Campaign for the Environment in Buffalo and on Long Island. She currently serves on the New York Advisory Board of the Land Trust Alliance, where she is Policy Committee Co-Chair.

Jessica has a bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She lives in Niskayuna, New York with her husband Sean Mahar, Director of Communications for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and their five year old daughter Stefanie.



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