Sarah Charlop-Powers, New York, NY

Executive Director, Natural Areas Conservancy

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Sarah Charlop-Powers is the Executive Director of the Natural Areas Conservancy. She draws on her background in land use planning, economics, and environmental management in her work. While working as a planner at Jonathan Rose Companies, she was the lead project manager for the creation of a new management entity for the South Bronx Greenway, where she focused on the creation of local revenue streams, including park-based job training programs and the creation of markets for locally generated environmental services. Sarah worked for seven years as the parks manager for Scenic Hudson, where she managed 15 parks. She also worked as a consultant for NYSERDA, the NYC DOT, and the Mohonk Preserve. She has an undergraduate degree in economics from Binghamton University and a masters in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where she was both a Doris Duke Conservation Fellow and a Berkley Conservation Scholar.

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