Leading Strategies to Protect Critical Landscapes:
Amanda Bassow, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Amanda Bassow, director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) 24-state Northeastern Regional Office, is a key player in the organization’s endeavors to sustain, restore, and enhance the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants, and habitats for current and future generations. Overseeing the public-private partnership between NFWF and the Foundation, she not only advances NFWF’s mission but also plays a critical role in preserving and protecting some of Pennsylvania’s most endangered landscapes, including thousands of streams and the trout and other species the waters support.
Ms. Bassow previously managed NFWF’s Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, awarding $8 to $12 million per year in grant funding through strategic partnerships with federal agencies and private funders. Under her leadership, the Stewardship Fund doubled its annual grant making and established NFWF as a thought leader on crosscutting issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay’s restoration. Before joining NFWF, Ms. Bassow was a policy analyst with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation, promoting community-based environmental management and advances. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington.