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Crista Valentino

In one sentence, describe why you're a #ConservationOptimist:

Because I believe that people and nature will thrive together through youth-driven change!

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In 2013, with an invitation from The WILD Foundation to address the lack of support and visibility that was available to younger generations in the environmental sector, Crista Co-Founded CoalitionWILD, a now 10, 000+ member global initiative in over 50 countries connecting and equipping the world’s young leaders to tackle our planet’s greatest conservation challenges. She continues to lobby for a stronger integration of youth voices and empowerment in decision making, and has achieved this through recently co-publishing an intergenerational leadership toolkit for conservation and has collaborated with the United Nations Environment and the United States Department of Interior to develop new programs supporting these efforts. Crista is the North American Focal Point for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Young Professionals, an active member of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network, a Womentum, Leadership Jackson Hole, and Earth Charter Institute Alumni, and has had her writing featured in international publications including the International Journal of Wilderness. Most recently, Crista was named one of Wyoming’s Top 40 Under 40 and was named the 2017 Rising Star by the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.

Website

http://www.coalitionwild.org

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Co-Founder, Director – CoalitionWILD

I attended Conservation Optimism Summit 2017

I did not attend Conservation Optimism Summit 2017

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