Beth Pratt’s interest in wildlife began at an early age. She would collect frogs in a bucket, name them all George, watch them in a special frog habitat she constructed in her backyard, then release them to their “families” at night.

As California Director for the National Wildlife Federation, Beth works to protect the state’s remarkable wildlife–from mountain lions in Los Angeles to porpoises in San Francisco Bay, to pika in the Sierra Nevada. Prior to joining NWF, Beth   worked in environmental leadership roles for over twenty-five years. She worked on sustainability and climate change programs for Xanterra Parks & Resorts in Yellowstone as its Director of Environmental Affairs. Prior to that, Beth served as the Vice President/CFO for the non-profit Yosemite Association (now Yosemite Conservancy) in Yosemite National Park. Beth graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Boston with bachelor’s degrees in management and biological anthropology, and a minor in marketing. She also obtained an MBA from Regis University in Denver, and earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED AP credential.

Beth serves on the board of the non-profits Outdoor Afro and Save the Frogs!, and has trained with Vice President Al Gore as a member of his Climate Reality Project Leadership Corps. Her newest book, When Mountain Lions are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working It Out In California, was published by Heyday Books in August of 2016.  She has given a TEDx talk about coexisting with wildlife called, “How a Lonely Cougar in Los Angeles Inspired the World.”