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Asheville man to be first N.C. chair for National Wildlife Federation

Asheville man to be first N.C. chair for National Wildlife Federation

The first North Carolinian to ever be elected as leader of the National Wildlife Federation’s Board of Directors hails from Asheville. 

John Robbins, a lifelong conservationist and outdoorsman, has served on the NWF board since 2017 and was elected eastern vice-chairman in 2019. He played a lead role with pioneering conservationist Dr. Mamie Parker in launching the Create Safe Spaces series, a multi-year initiative highlighting and addressing the unique challenges and barriers Black people face in safely accessing and enjoying green spaces. Robbins was elected at NWF’s annual meeting to serve one year as chair-elect and will assume the chairman role in June 2023. 

“I’m honored to be elected as chair and look forward to working with NWF and its affiliates across the country as we continue our crucial work to ensure current and future generations can enjoy the outdoors while addressing the increasing challenges faced by wildlife and habitat, and as a result, all of humanity,” Robbins said.

Robbins is retired from a 28-year career with the global strategy, technology and consulting firm Accenture but now spends most of his time working on wildlife and outdoor conservation issues. He joined the N.C. Wildlife Federation board in 2009 and is a past chair of that organization. He also serves on the board of directors of Asheville Greenworks. 

The NWF is the country’s largest private, nonprofit conservation education and advocacy agency. It has 6 million members and supporters across 52 state and territorial affiliated organizations, including the NCWF.

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