Kris Hoellen

Vice President of Sustainable Programs, Director of Conservation Leadership Network


Kris HoellenKris leads the Fund’s mitigation solutions team, serves on the Executive Committee, and is the Unit Lead for the Fund’s Sustainable Programs Business Unit.  Her work focuses on solving conservation and economic challenges necessary to support vibrant communities, healthy natural systems, and thriving economies. Focus areas include: balancing nature and commerce, asset-based economic development, green-infrastructure planning, and food systems.

Over her 25 year career, Kris has worked for environmental regulators as well as the regulated community, environmental consultants, and now for the last ten years The Conservation Fund.  As such, she understands the project development process from every perspective and is intimately familiar with the environmental review process, working with both project developers and regulators to craft acceptable compensatory mitigation packages. 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 also led the design of TCF’s highly acclaimed in-depth training course for federal and state interagency review teams for mitigation and conservation banking, now in its tenth year!

Kris holds a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.A. in History from Emory University.  

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

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