Andrew Bowman, President and CEO

Before joining the Alliance in 2016, Andrew served as the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s program director for the environment, overseeing all environmental grant-making. During his 11 years there, Andrew developed more than $100 million in grants and program-related investments. Before his foundation work, Andrew practiced law in Oregon for Defenders of Wildlife and at Perkins Coie LLP. He holds a J.D. from UC College of the Law, San Francisco, an LL.M. in environmental and natural resources law from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, and a M.A. in city and regional planning from the University of California at Berkeley.

Jennifer Miller Herzog, Chief Program Officer

Before assuming her current role, Jennifer served as Eastern division director of field programs at the Alliance, where she has worked in different capacities since 2016. Jennifer has spent 22 years working in conservation on local, regional, national and binational projects. In her role as chief program officer, Miller Herzog oversees three of the Alliance’s key program areas — education, conservation initiatives and community-centered conservation — and provides strategic coordination across these departments to help advance land trusts’ ability to protect land and meet the needs of their communities.

Elizabeth Ward, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Before coming to the Alliance in 2014, Elizabeth worked at The Nature Conservancy, where, among other things, she oversaw its flagship marketing channels, including nature.org and Nature Conservancy magazine. Prior to her work in conservation, she worked as an editor and writer at Time Inc. and America Online. She is a graduate of Wellesley College.

Chase Warden, Chief Operating and Financial Officer

Before coming to the Alliance, Chase worked at The Nature Conservancy as the director of finance and operations at the Arlington, Virginia, headquarters. Chase brings over 15 years of financial strategy and operational leadership to the Alliance. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. His passions include mountain biking, traveling and spending time outside with his wife and three sons.

Suzanne Erera, Senior Director of Development

Suzanne brings more than 20 years of experience to her role overseeing all strategies to develop philanthropic revenue from foundation, corporate, individual and agency donors and prospects. Since joining the Alliance in 2000, she has also served as Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations and Community Support Manager in individual giving. Previously she worked in admissions at her alma mater, Princeton University.

Erin Heskett, Vice President of Conservation Initiatives

Erin has been an Alliance staff member since 2006. Prior to joining the Alliance, Erin was senior program officer at the International Fund for Animal Welfare where he led programs to mitigate threats to endangered whales from ocean noise, shipping, and commercial fishing. He held several positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-New England, and served in the U.S. Peace Corps (1991-1993) in Senegal as a national parks volunteer at the Biosphere Reserve, Niokolo-Koba National Park. He holds a M.A. in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University.

Renee Kivikko, Vice President of Education

An Alliance staff member since 2000, Renee previously served as the Midwest director and as national director supervising all field-based programs. Today, she oversees the Alliance’s education, standards and research, and conservation defense programs. Before joining the Alliance, she was the first executive director of the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a land trust that serves a nine-county area.