Jeffrey (Jefe) Parrish, Ph.D.

Vice President for Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Network

Jefe brings passion and boundless energy and creativity to WCN, where he leads all of WCN’s conservation programs and champions deep and meaningful relationships with wildlife philanthropists. He is responsible for WCN’s goal of supporting, growing, and strengthening a network of the most innovative conservation heroes around the world. He has been a stalwart champion for the development and growth of WCN’s Crisis and Recovery Fund program to support the best ideas to solve wildlife challenges. Prior to joining WCN, Jefe was a Managing Director at the World Wildlife Fund, where he furthered initiatives to engage the travel industry in conservation, double the number of wild tigers, and develop new cutting-edge concepts for game-changing funders such as Google and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. Before WWF, Jefe led the Freedom to Roam coalition, where—with Patagonia Inc.—he developed groundbreaking partnerships and campaigns to promote the connectivity of increasingly fragmented lands and waters for wildlife in North America. Jefe held several global leadership positions over his 12-year career at The Nature Conservancy and at Manomet Center for Conservation Science, and holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from Brown University.

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