Jessica Walz-Schafer

Jessica Walz-Schafer

Vice Chair

Jessica grew up in southern California, and after earning her degree in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology from University of California, Davis worked in Southern California on a sage scrub habitat restoration project with the Audubon Society and as a volunteer for a shorebird study being conducted by UCLA graduate students. After working on various restoration projects, Jessica decided to attend law school to get a degree in environmental law. Jessica graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2007 and started working with the Gifford Pinchot Task Force now the Cascade Forest Conservancy, in January 2008. While at the GP Task Force Jessica managed the GP Task Force’s conservation work and legal docket.  Over the course of the next 6 and half years Jessica managed projects on private land use, ESA listings, timber sales, grazing, mining, off-highway vehicles, water use and many other projects. She also served as counsel on administrative appeals, litigation and settlements. Shortly before Jessica left the GP Task Force to move with her family to Seattle she served as Interim Executive Director for the GP Task Force providing assistance to the board in recruiting a replacement Interim Executive Director, managed 4 staff member’s operational duties, and over saw the continued acquisition of grant monies for the organization while continuing to manage the organizations Conservation Program. Jessica currently lives in the Seattle area with her family and works as a consultant with various environmental non-profits on environmental conservation projects.