13 May 2011 NEWS: Conservation Leader Don Barry Tapped for Executive VP Posted by: Cindy Hoffman | Leave a comment | Share: Don Barry will join Defenders in June as executive VP. NEWS: Don Barry will join Defenders of Wildlife this June as its new executive vice president. This is part of an ongoing leadership transition following President Rodger Schlickeisen’s announcement of plans to retire after 20 years on October 1, 2011 — handing over the reins to Defenders’ current executive vice president, Jamie Rappaport Clark. “Jamie and Don will make a formidable team at the helm of Defenders,” said Schlickeisen. “They will be a powerful force in advocating for wildlife and biodiversity conservation in the years to come.” Barry has spent the past 36 years working on wildlife and public land conservation issues as a senior governmental official, in the nonprofit community and as a senior staff member in Congress. He has played a major role in numerous environmental issues facing this country, including the passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act in 1980, the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, the implementation of the Endangered Species Act, and the management of our national parks, forests and wildlife refuges. Barry has spent more than a decade working in the nonprofit conservation community, including senior leadership positions at The Wilderness Society, World Wildlife Fund and most recently at Environmental Defense Fund. “Don knows how to make things happen.” — Jamie Rappaport Clark He was assistant secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks at the U.S. Department of the Interior during the Clinton administration. In that capacity, he oversaw the policies and budgets of the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Barry was also a career attorney in the solicitor’s office at the Interior Department, serving as the chief counsel for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska. During this period, Mr. Barry helped draft key implementation regulations for the Endangered Species Act and was the department’s lead counsel for the passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. Finally, Barry spent six years working in House of Representatives for the Chairman of House Committee with jurisdiction over all fish and wildlife conservation matters. “I’ve known Don for many years as we worked together on conservation issues through numerous administrations,” said Clark. “His vast experience in the conservation community, in combination with his executive branch experience and time on the Hill, makes him a great advocate for our issues. Don knows how to make things happen.” “I am thrilled to be teaming up with Jamie again to tackle the pressing conservation issues of our time,” said Barry. “Moreover, Defenders’ focus on Endangered Species Act and public land management issues brings me back full circle to the very issues that I began my career on more than 36 years ago.” Barry graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts in American Institutions in 1971 and from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1974. He lives in Alexandria, Va. with his wife, Teiko Saito. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in It’s Time to Act for Right Whales Years after they agreed to expand critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales, we’re still waiting on NMFS to follow through. So we took to the courts to get this much-needed protection in place. How Should We Honor Earth Day? America has many worldwide firsts in conservation: we were the first nation to establish a national park, the first to create a national wildlife refuge, the first to approve a law protecting endangered species and the first to create a national day dedicated to conservation, Earth Day. But today, we are experiencing another period of crisis in America’s commitment to conservation. When did conservation become a polarizing political issue, when it has been, for the past century, a defining characteristic of American values and the American spirit? Ecological Insults and Injuries Revealed Four Years after Deepwater Horizon Four years after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, we’re beginning to see the full scope of how this ecological disaster is impacting our wildlife on land, air and sea.