Jamie Rappaport Clark

President and CEO
Jamie Rappaport Clark is the President and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife, and former head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Jamie’s lifelong commitment to wildlife and conservation led her to choose a career in wildlife biology, and she came to Defenders after a 20-year career in conservation with the federal government. Jamie is recognized as a leading national expert on the Endangered Species Act and imperiled wildlife. She has testified before Congress on numerous occasions in support of strong fish and wildlife conservation laws. Her leadership and expertise have helped defeat numerous efforts to destroy the Endangered Species Act.

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What Happened to Stewardship in Congress? »

Today, many of our political leaders have lost sight of their stewardship responsibility to the American public. Instead of conserving and protecting America’s natural resources, many members in Congress seem primarily focused on short term economic gain, regardless of the environmental consequences.

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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?

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Hastings’ Endangered Species Act “Reform” is the movie “Groundhog Day” all over again »

Rep. Doc Hastings recently released a report and a set of proposals that would effectively gut the Endangered Species Act (ESA), severely curtailing the act’s ability to protect the nation’s most imperiled species. He calls it ESA “reform,” but the real goal of Rep. Hastings’ proposals is to drastically weaken or eliminate key protections in the ESA, long a goal of corporate special interests and polluters.