Judy Braus

Judy Braus, 2050 Council member at Virginia Tech's Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability
Council Member
Executive Director, North American Association for Environmental Education

Judy Braus has been actively involved in national and international environment and education efforts for almost three decades. She is currently the Executive Director of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating environmental literacy and civic stewardship through the power of environmental education. NAAEE is also a major partner of EECapacity—a national environmental education training initiative supported by U.S. EPA. Prior to NAAEE, she successfully managed the education and outreach departments at three national and international conservation organizations: the National Audubon Society, World Wildlife Fund, and the National Wildlife Federation. She was also the manager of environmental education programming at the U.S. Peace Corps. She has led many international environmental education projects, facilitated leadership workshops and conferences in dozens of countries, been the chief editor of several successful national publishing efforts focused on environmental education, and published in numerous nationally recognized periodicals and books. Her areas of expertise include environmental education, project management and strategic planning, leadership training and facilitation, conservation planning, writing and publishing, curriculum and web development, fundraising, and evaluation. She has a BS in environmental science and an MA in environmental education and communication.

Throughout her career, Braus has focused on using the power of education to help communities restore and protect the environment. Judy is passionate about creating an inclusive environmental movement. Her focus is to strengthen the programmatic and operational side of NAAEE so that it can help empower individuals and organizations to work together to increase their collective impact and create societal change.

Her notable achievements include the creation and implementation of TogetherGreen, a $20 million alliance between Audubon and Toyota to build leadership, engage more people in conservation, and promote diversity and inclusion in the field. After five years, TogetherGreen had engaged hundreds of thousands of Americans through fellowships, grants and a community-based volunteering initiative. At Audubon, she developed a planning guide, “The Tools of Engagement: A Toolkit for Engaging People in Conservation,” in collaboration with the EPA-funded Environmental Education and Training Partnership, NAAEE, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and several other partners.

Braus also developed “Windows on the Wild” at WWF, and “NatureScope” at NWF, educations materials that are still widely used. While at Peace Corps, Braus co-authored “Environmental Education in the Schools: Creating a Program that Works,” which is used in dozens of countries around the world. She also believes in the importance of partnerships and has cultivated lasting relationships with Toyota Motor North America, REI, National Geographic Society, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Aardman Animations, and many others. She has won numerous awards throughout her career, and has conducted workshops, presentations, and keynotes around the world.