Schnitzer - Gates Family Foundation
Russ Schnitzer

Russell Schnitzer

Senior Program Officer - Natural Resources  |  (303) 316-3009

Russ joined the Foundation in the fall of 2016. His work is concentrated in the natural resources area, particularly water resources management and land conservation. Russ’s career in nonprofit conservation has carried him from organizational development and strategic planning to large-scale project management, major gifts fundraising, and public policy. His primary conservation interests focus on finding mutually-beneficial solutions to the increasingly complex demands facing people, communities and their environment through creative collaboration and leading through innovation. He 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.