Conservation group announces new boss

By Robin Bravender | 05/08/2024 01:37 PM EDT

Andrew Bowman is returning to Defenders of Wildlife as the group’s new president and CEO.

Defenders of Wildlife building and Andrew Bowman

Andrew Bowman is the new president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife. Mr TinMD/Flickr (building); Defenders of Wildlife (Bowman)

A veteran of the conservation group Defenders of Wildlife will return to the organization as its next leader, the group announced Wednesday.

Andrew Bowman, who has served as president and CEO of the Land Trust Alliance since 2016, will succeed Defenders of Wildlife’s outgoing President and CEO Jamie Rappaport Clark.

Bowman previously worked for Defenders of Wildlife in Oregon as private lands conservation counsel and on environment and climate for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, according to his LinkedIn profile.


“My career has been focused on advancing bedrock conservation laws and protecting places for wildlife to thrive. I am thrilled to take the next step in this ongoing journey by taking the helm of Defenders of Wildlife,” Bowman said Wednesday in a statement. “Defenders is uniquely positioned within the conservation community to ensure a future teeming with wildlife and biodiversity. I look forward to working with its dedicated staff to achieve its mission.”