Regan Nelson - Interim Coordinator, Crown Conservation Initiative (CCI)
As Interim Coordinator for the Crown Conservation Initiative (CCI), Regan Nelson works to harness the collective efforts of a collaborative group of conservation organizations and academic institutions working together to increase protections and improve wildlife connectivity in the trans-border Crown of the Continent Ecosystem.
Regan previously served as CCI’s Climate Change Adaptation Program Manager. In this role, she conducted a Crown-wide assessment of climate change adaptation needs, and crafted recommendations for CCI to enhance the resilience and ecological integrity of the landscape.
Having worked at the interface of conservation science and policy for more than 15 years, Regan draws on both areas of expertise as needed, in order to achieve the greatest possible conservation success for wildlife and ecosystems.
Regan’s experience spans the spectrum of conservation work, including international, national and local work in both terrestrial and marine ecosystems. She has worked on international governance issues related to the Arctic High Seas; as a lobbyist in Washington, DC, focused on national ocean issues; and as a conservation science planner and advocate throughout the U.S. Northwest for organizations including the Natural Resources Defense Council, The Nature Conservancy, The Aspen Institute and Conservation Northwest.
She holds a Master’s of Science from the University of Washington, and has completed the coursework for her PhD in climate change adaptation. She is also a mama to Willem (age 4) and Charles (age 2), and her current hobby required her to exchange her snowboard for skis, much to the relief of her husband.