While growing up in the piedmont of South Carolina, Sierra spent all her time in the woods behind her family’s home. There, her love of nature and wildlife developed. She decided to take that passion for the natural world and turn it into her life’s work by studying Wildlife and Fisheries Biology at Clemson University. During the program, many of her courses brought her to the Blue Ridge Mountains to study ecological communities and the unique biodiversity of the region. After graduation, Sierra worked as a Biological Technician in the Nantahala National Forest and later made her way to Sanibel Island, Florida. There, she found her niche in fundraising for environmental non-profits and linking donors to their passions. She most recently served as the Associate Executive Director for a friends group supporting the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. She loves connecting with people and ensuring conservation philanthropy acts as a symbiotic relationship, doing good for both the environment and the donor’s fulfillment of their own personal ethos.

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