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Russ Schnitzer

Russell Schnitzer

Russ served as Senior Program Officer for Gates Family Foundation’s Natural Resources program from Fall 2016 to October 2021. His work concentrated in water resources management and land conservation. He now works for a private family foundation in Arkansas.

Prior to his work at Gates, Russ spent a decade with Trout Unlimited, most recently as the Agricultural Policy and Partnerships Advisor to TU’s Western Water Project. Prior, he was with The Nature Conservancy as Director of External Affairs for its Wyoming office. Russ is a recipient of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Achievement Award, and has co-authored a number of publications pertaining to the intersection of social values and the environment. He played a key role in the development and eventual reauthorization of the 2014 Farm Bill’s conservation title, and was a founding steering committee member of the Western Agricultural and Conservation Collaborative. A former US Forest Service “smokejumper,” he is a graduate of the University of Idaho, where he earned his M.S. in Environmental Studies and B.S. degrees in Conservation Social Sciences and Wildland Conservation.



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