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WildEarth Guardians announces Lindsay Larris as Conservation Director

April 9, 2024
Hannah Smay, Communications Manager, hsmay@wildearthguardians.org
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Climate + Energy, Public Lands, Rivers, Wildlife  
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DENVER, Colo.— WildEarth Guardians is delighted to announce the appointment of Lindsay Larris as the organization’s new Conservation Director. 

Larris joined the team at WildEarth Guardians in early 2019 as the Director of the Wildlife Program, and has over a decade of policy, legal, and legislative experience on animal welfare and conservation issues. Larris is a fierce advocate for wildlife, political and agency accountability, and upholding the laws that protect the natural world. 

In her role as Conservation Director, Larris will oversee WildEarth Guardians’ four conservation programs: Wildlife, Wild Places, Climate and Energy, and Wild Rivers. 

“I’m thrilled to be able to elevate Lindsay Larris as our conservation director,” said Hop Hopkins, Executive Director of WildEarth Guardians. “Her proven experience and insights over the last five years at Guardians have made the organization’s approach strategically sharper and more effective, and I’m looking forward to her continued leadership advancing our work for wildlife, wild lands, wild rivers, and a healthy climate in the American West.” 

Larris grew up in New Jersey and has lived in the west for 17 years. She currently resides in Denver, Colorado. She received a B.A. in Politics from NYU and a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School. While a law student, Larris co-founded the Journal of Animal Law and Ethics and helped bring an animal law clinic to Penn Law. Larris began her career as a litigation associate with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles before deciding to shift into non-profit advocacy. Prior to joining Guardians, Larris worked for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, drafting and advancing legislation and policy initiatives to protect the interests of all animals – wild, captive and domestic. 

“I am honored and very excited to take on this new role at WildEarth Guardians,” said Larris. We are at a key moment in the organization’s evolution and I look forward to working with our new Executive Director Hop Hopkins and the tremendously talented program staff to advance the organization’s mission of protecting the wildlife, wild places, rivers and health of the American West.”

Larris succeeds Greg Dyson as Conservation Director, who left Guardians in 2023.