Senior Attorney & Director, Global Biodiversity Conservation, Nature Program
Zak Smith leads NRDC's global strategy to tackle the two primary drivers of nature's decline: ecosystem destruction and direct exploitation of species. He focuses on engaging with international agreements that are coordinating a global response to the biodiversity crisis and works to ensure that the United States and China do their fair share to reverse the unraveling of the natural life support systems we depend on for life as we know it. His work preserving wild animals and wild spaces involves environmental and sustainability issues, including building climate change resilience, supporting ecosystem conservation, and limiting harmful trade in wild plants and animals. Smith holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a master's from Johns Hopkins University, and a law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is based in Bozeman, Montana.
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