Sally A. Ranney

Ms. Ranney is the CEO of StillWater Preservation LLC (SWP). She joined SWP in 2003, bringing 25 years experience in environmental policy and public/private partnerships related to land use, water management, sustainable development, eco-tourism and conservation.

Prior to private consulting, Ms. Ranney co-founded and served as President of American Wildlands (AWL) from the early 1980's to 1997. Assignments included business development and strategic planning, government relations, conservation easements and marine/terrestrial reserve planning, sustainable development, investment due diligence, and designing templates for large national and international initiatives including the Earth Corps ($613 million youth program now incorporated into the AmeriCorps National Service Plan), and Prime Legacy, (an international conservation real estate network).

Representative clients include Republic Financial Corporation (U.S.), Oceanographic Explorations (Australia/Papua New Guinea), Adventure Travel Society (U.S.), Gallmann Foundation (U.S.-Kenya), Human Potential Television Network (U.S.), Fundacion de Resources Natural (Argentina) and the Island Foundation (U.S.).

Prior to private consulting, Ms. Ranney co-founded and served as President of American Wildlands from the early 1980’s to 1997. Her responsibilities included all aspects of operations including managing three offices, staff and project consultants, developing and managing projects and programs, research, and fundraising. She also lectured throughout the country and often testified before Congress and other public and governmental entities.

Representative programs include Corridors of Life (GIS project that mapped several million acres in the Northern Rockies); World Congress on Eco-tourism - presently owned by Outside Magazine); U.N. International Resource Restoration (chaired 35-country discussion at the U.N’s Summit on Sustainable Development, Rio de Janiero, Brazil); American Wilderness Adventures (eco-tourism business with 120 itineraries worldwide); Tatshenshini Coalition (a 53 organization/41 million member international strategic alliance that achieved agreements between three governments to protect 2.3 million acres of wildlands); Multi-stakeholder FERC Dialogue (redefined waterways, changing procedures for hydro permitting); Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (9-year project, working with President Carter and conservations which resulted in successful legislation protecting 101 million acres in parks, preserves, wilderness, river and conservation areas).

Prior to her tenure at AWL, Ms. Ranney was a Resource Policy Analyst for The Wilderness Society. Her responsibilities included developing formal responses/positions to Congressional and administrative proposals involving public land/water resource policies in the West. Representative legislative involvements include Colorado Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, endangered species, and legislative conservation area and wilderness designations throughout the conterminous U.S.

Awards and political appointments include Presidential Commission on American Outdoors (appointed by President Reagan); Horace Albright Award (awarded by the U.S. National Park Service); New Mexico Rio Grande Committee (appointed by former Congressman, now Governor Bill Richardson); Harvard School of Government: The New Environmental Agenda (appointed by former Senator Tim Wirth); Colorado Tourism Board (appointed by Governor of Colorado); Meritorious Conservation Award (awarded by the International Wildlife Foundation).

Ms. Ranney was a founding Board member of The Grand Canyon Trust, the Windstar Foundation and Project Lighthawk. Active in conservation, she currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Natural Step and the Gallmann Africa Conservancy.

Ms. Ranney received a fellowship for post-graduate study at Yale University, School of Environmental Studies and School of Organization and Management. She holds a Masters Degree in Education and a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Western State College of Colorado.

 

 
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