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Penny Becker

Penny Becker

Vice President Conservation, Island Conservation
United States
Penny Becker, PhD joined Island Conservation in January 2020 and serves as the organization's Vice President Conservation. Penny has 20+ years of experience in conservation action, organization management, fundraising, board engagement, international and local partnership development, and conservation research. She spent 9 years with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife managing the team responsible for native species conservation across the state. Penny also spent about a decade in Africa, working in South Africa and Tanzania with Smithsonian Institution and with local nonprofits. Penny earned a BS in Biology from Willamette University and a PhD in Wildlife Management from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Penny has wide-ranging experience and interests, working on topics and species as diverse as coastal community initiatives, adaptive leadership, at-risk species reintroductions, ecosystem recovery, and human dimensions of conservation.