Katie Allen

Director, Conservation Leadership Network


Katie AllenKatie Allen leads The Conservation Fund’s Conservation Leadership Network (CLN) in the development, execution and evaluation of The Fund’s range of services related to innovative partnership programs, capacity building trainings, sustainability consulting and technical assistance.  Katie works with community, governmental, and corporate partners to build capacity among leaders to enable on the ground conservation solutions and reach sustainable economic development goals.

Since 2010, Katie has designed and led several national and place-based initiatives for The Fund including the Federal Lands Livability Initiative, the National Workshop on Water Quality Trading, and Appalachian Gateway Community workshops and sustainable tourism assessments. She serves as facilitator for CLN’s long-standing and highly-acclaimed Balancing Nature and Commerce Course, Mitigation Banking for Inter-Agency Review Teams Course, and Conservation Banking Course, as well as their regional offerings across the country.  She holds a Masters of City and Regional Planning in Environmental and Land Use Planning from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Boston University.

Contact: kallen@conservationfund.org   Phone: 304-876-7925   Office: Conservation Leadership Network, National Headquarters (WV)

Featured Projects

Filling in the GAPs in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Filling in the GAPs in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

As consumer demand for fresh, local food has grown, so have instances of foodborne diseases. Certification in Good Agricultural...
Grand Lake Federal Lands Livability Initiative

Grand Lake Federal Lands Livability Initiative

What makes a community livable? Most agree it’s the quality of transportation options, range of affordable housing choices, potential...
CSX: West Virginia

CSX: West Virginia

Healthy Food Distribution Initiative In West Virginia, one in five children has limited or no access to fresh fruits, vegetables,...

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2016 Grant Program for Transporting Healthy Food

2016 Grant Program for Transporting Healthy Food

The Conservation Fund and CSX are proud to announce the third round of the Grant Program for Transporting Healthy
Strategic Mitigation for Pipelines: NiSource Gas

Strategic Mitigation for Pipelines: NiSource Gas

NiSource Inc. (NiSource), a Fortune 500 natural gas transmission and storage company, operates a 15,500 linear mile network of...
Two Nations, One Region

Two Nations, One Region

The Heart of the Continent represents more than the geographical center of the North American continent. Made up of...
Striving for Thriving: Balancing Nature and Commerce in Transylvania County

Striving for Thriving: Balancing Nature and Commerce in Transylvania County

Tucked among the rolling hills and waterfalls of Pisgah National Forest, Dupont State Forest, and many other recreational destinations,...
Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge

Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge

The Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge is the gateway to the Great Lakes and contains one of the largest and...
Optimizing Environmental Stewardship: Maryland Route 301

Optimizing Environmental Stewardship: Maryland Route 301

The Maryland State Highway Administration turned to us to identify and evaluate conservation and restoration opportunities in the vicinity...
Gateway Community Initiative in Michigan

Gateway Community Initiative in Michigan

Waterloo Recreation Area in Michigan is a little-known treasure. About a one-hour drive from Ann Arbor, this 20,000-acre park is...
Conservation Banking on the Rise in Texas

Conservation Banking on the Rise in Texas

Conservation banking is experiencing unprecedented interest and demand across the country. A mitigation technique first popularized in California and...
Balancing Nature and Commerce in the New River Gorge Region

Balancing Nature and Commerce in the New River Gorge Region

In October 2010, the Fund’s Conservation Leadership Network brought together local business leaders, elected officials and public land managers...