Stephanie Heidbreder

Regional Network: 
Chesapeake Regional Network
Class Year: 
Manager, Chesapeake Programs
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Washington, DC

Stephanie joined the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in September 2018 as the Manager of Chesapeake Programs. In that role she manages the strategic development and implementation of the Foundation’s grantmaking programs focused on protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Previously, as the Chesapeake Field Representative for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the National Parks Conservation Asssociation (NPCA) she planned and conducted educational and outreach activities in parks, promoted landscape conservation, and implemented NPCA’s advocacy efforts to expand and protect parkland. Prior to NPCA Stephanie worked as the Community Education Coordinator at Casey Trees, an urban forestry non-profit in Washington, D.C., where she coordinated adult education opportunities and taught their Citizen Forester classes. Previously, she worked on youth environmental education with both the Student Conservation Association and Parks and People Foundation in Baltimore, MD and conducted forest and wetland inventories at an environmental consulting firm. Additionally, Stephanie was a George Melendez Wright Climate Change Fellow, serving at the Center for Urban Ecology of the National Park Service. Stephanie earned her B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science at Rhodes College and her Masters at the University of Maryland in their Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Sciences program. Stephanie lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and mischevious rescue dog, Odie, and enjoys exploring new places, adding stamps to her National Parks passport, documenting local flora, and throwing a good theme party.