Michael Scott is the program officer of Western conservation at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. He leads the program’s portfolio to conserve lands and rivers, and promote clean energy in the Western United States and Canada.
Previously, Michael worked for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, first as its conservation director from 1996 to 2001 and then as its executive director from 2001 to 2008. During his tenure, over 150,000 acres of Plum Creek Timber Company lands, spanning two mountain ranges just north of Yellowstone National Park, were brought into public ownership. The coalition also led efforts to eliminate polluting snowmobiles from Yellowstone and to provide winter habitat outside the park for its unique bison herd.
Michael also worked for the Wilderness Society for 15 years from 1981 to 1996, both in the West and in Washington, D.C., where he helped shepherd several statewide wilderness bills through Congress, including the first large Bureau of Land Management wilderness bill for lands north of the Grand Canyon.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree in public policy from the Claremont Colleges Graduate School.