Western conservation group hires new boss

By Robin Bravender | 03/05/2024 04:38 PM EST

WildEarth Guardians has hired Hop Hopkins as its executive director following former leader John Horning’s departure.

Hop Hopkins

Hop Hopkins started in February as the new executive director of WildEarth Guardians. WildEarth Guardians

Hop Hopkins, a longtime conservationist and former Sierra Club employee, has taken the helm of the New Mexico-based conservation group WildEarth Guardians.

Hopkins, who previously served as the Sierra Club’s national director of organizational transformation, started in February as WildEarth Guardians’ executive director, the organization announced. Hopkins succeeds John Horning, who stepped down after 30 years at that group.

“For 35 years, WildEarth Guardians has been a fierce protector of wild species and human communities affected by development, extractive industries, pollution, and deregulation,” Betsy Gaines Quammen, WildEarth Guardians’ board president said in a statement. “Hop brings years of experience working in the conservation movement, and speaking for the vulnerable and voiceless across the West. He will be an inspiring leader and partner for Guardians to shepherd us into the future.”


The organization, which has about 32 employees, has a stated mission to “protect and restore the wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and health of the American West.”