Kris Hoellen

Vice President of Sustainable Programs, Director of Conservation Leadership Network


Kris HoellenKris manages  the Fund's relationships with NiSource, Williams Company and Duke Energy. Her in-depth understanding of the environmental review process for project development includes: ESA permitting and compliance, NEPA documentation, 404 permitting and compliance, Section 106 of the Historic Preservation Act compliance and Habitat Conservation Plans. A specialist in stakeholder and community engagement, Kris has designed and implemented numerous workshops for Superfund Remediation sites issues. Kris currently leads efforts involving 22 commercial wind companies to facilitate wind energy development in eight states across the Midwest. She managed the development of a conservation strategy/green infrastructure plan for the precedent-setting NiSource transmission pipeline Multi-species Habitat Conservation Plan and outreach strategy for the associated 14 states.

Kris led the design of TCF’s in-depth training course for federal and state interagency review teams for mitigation banking and in-lieu fee programs on the federal compensatory mitigation rule, now in its eighth year.

Contact: Email: khoellen@conservationfund.org   Phone: 304-876-7462

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