Conservationist, poet, advocate for women and girls, mother, friend
Stephanie Sklar joined the Sonoran Institute as CEO in October 2014. Prior to joining the Sonoran Institute, Stephanie served as Director of Development for the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona and cofounded the Carson Scholars Program to train talented environmental graduate students to communicate more effectively. Prior to working for the University of Arizona, she was the founding Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Greater Tucson, a philanthropic venture fund and grant-making institution. Sklar was formerly the Executive Director of the Arizona League of Conservation Voters, Arizona’s largest state-wide member-supported conservation organization. Before moving to Arizona, Sklar was VP, Public Affairs for the National Wildlife Federation, the largest environmental education organization in the US. While in DC, she also served as the first woman Vice President (Communication) at The Nature Conservancy, and was appointed by President Reagan as Communications Director for the President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors. A graduate of Vassar College, Sklar earned her M.A.T. in English from Brown University and studied post-graduate business at George Washington University. Sklar is a published poet and won the Arizona State Poetry Prize.