Brian O’Donnell

Director, Campaign for Nature

Brian O’Donnell is a leading land and wildlife conservationist and is Director for the Campaign for Nature, an effort supported by the Wyss Foundation to increase global targets and financing for protected areas under the Convention on Biological Diversity.  Prior to leading CFN, Brian helped develop a new long-term protected area financing strategy while consulting with the Frankfurt Zoological Society. From 2007 through early 2017, he worked as the Executive Director of the Conservation Lands Foundation, leading the foundation’s efforts to protect, restore, and expand the U.S.  Bureau of Land Management’s National Conservation Lands. Prior to CLF, Brian was the National Public Lands Director for Trout Unlimited, where he led efforts to protect U.S. National Forest Roadless Areas, permanently protect more than a million acres in the Wyoming Range, and secure Oregon’s Copper-Salmon Wilderness. Brian also worked for The Wilderness Society where he led campaigns resulting in the congressional designation of the Black Rock Desert and Sloan Canyon National Conservation Areas and dozens of new legislated Wilderness areas throughout Nevada. Brian has a degree in economics from Rollins College and lives in Durango, Colorado, United States.