February 6, 2023

Abby Spring Joins The Conservation Fund In New Senior Vice President Of Strategic Engagement Role

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Conservation Fund, America’s leader in land protection, is pleased to announce that Abby Spring has joined the organization as Senior Vice President of Strategic Engagement. In this new role, Spring will lead efforts to create new partnerships and relationships that can significantly enhance the organization’s impact and grow the scale of its proven business models for conserving America’s lands that matter most for climate, nature and resilient communities.

The Conservation Fund’s President and CEO Lawrence Selzer remarked: “As the nation’s leader in conserving America’s natural, cultural and historic resources, we are uniquely positioned to drive solutions that will help address climate change and deliver permanent conservation at an unprecedented scale. To succeed, we need to engage new partners and mobilize new conservation capital from public and private sources. We are thrilled to have Abby join our team at this crucial moment to help us implement the next generation of conservation in America.”

Driven by a keen understanding that the impacts of climate change can be lessened if we improve how we use and manage our land, The Conservation Fund works to secure, conserve and enhance critical landscapes across the U.S., like large working forests, watersheds and climate resilient natural habitats, to meet the essential needs of people and wildlife. The Conservation Fund has pioneered a regenerative model of permanently protecting land for its societal, ecological and economic values through its Revolving Fund and Working Forest Fund® and seeks new partners to accelerate this work by raising significant capital to buy and secure more land over the next five years.

Spring brings a wealth of experience to her new role, serving as a senior strategist, advocacy and communications expert advising leaders across NGOs, multilateral organizations and the private sector. Her background includes advising Fortune 500 companies as Senior Vice President for Global Social Responsibility at Edelman, serving as Senior Advisor to the Champions for Nature at the World Economic Forum and as North American spokesperson at the U.N. World Food Program. She also held senior positions at the World Bank and the World Wildlife Fund. She holds a Masters in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Spring said: I am thrilled to be starting a new adventure with The Conservation Fund at such a pivotal moment for the organization’s work and for our nation’s efforts to address the critical issues of conservation and climate change. The Conservation Fund has been doing exceptional work, conserving over 8.8 million acres of land valued at upwards of $7.9 billion. I’m looking forward to helping build on this exceptional record by engaging diverse partners, building greater awareness and expanding support for innovative public-private solutions to slow down rapid climate change and secure a more sustainable planet.”

About The Conservation Fund
At The Conservation Fund, we make conservation work for America. By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are redefining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity. Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, we have worked in all 50 states since 1985 to protect more than 8.8 million acres of land.