Illinois Stewardship Alliance recently hired Jennifer Filipiak as its Conservation Associate. Through this Jen brings 15 years of project management experience in conservation and sustainable agriculture. Jen came to ISA from The Nature Conservancy in Iowa where conservation and agriculture are dependent upon each other. Over the last 5 years, she built the Iowa Chapter’s freshwater program by working with farmers, landowners and agency partners on practices that achieve agricultural productivity and freshwater conservation at the watershed scale. Prior to TNC, Jen was a wildlife biologist for the Lake County Forest Preserve District north of Chicago. She has a B.S. in Ecology from Northern Michigan University and a M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Jen is an avid cyclist and backpacker. She also loves to travel, having traveled extensively in Latin America, including a 3 month volunteer position surveying mammals in the Peruvian rainforest. Jen, her husband Pete, and their two dogs, Iggy and Keema, live in Bloomington, where Pete teaches agriculture at Illinois State, and the dogs lay around the couch all day. Jen will provide leadership for our conservation program work, focusing on fostering the adoption of pragmatic, sustainable agricultural practices in all types of farming operations.