Deputy Chief Program Officer and Managing Director, Nature program
In his more than 15 years at NRDC, Andrew Wetzler has been deeply involved in congressional and administrative efforts to defend and strengthen the U.S. Endangered Species Act and has fought to preserve a wide variety of species, including the gray wolf, the coastal California gnatcatcher, and the whitebark pine. Other initiatives Wetzler has worked on include NRDC's campaign to protect California condors from lead poisoning and its ongoing work to protect whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals from the impacts of U.S. Navy sonar systems. Currently, Wetzler leads NRDC's Land & Wildlife program and helps to guide the organization's work on protecting polar-bears, elephants, and other animals from wildlife trafficking. Wetzler is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Virginia School of Law. He is based in the Chicago office.