David Yardas Board President Director of Water Investments - National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
In July 2016 David Yardas was named Director of Water Investments at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in Washington, DC. This new position builds upon David’s previous work overseeing NFWF’s Southwest and Interior Water Programs, a $300+ million portfolio of water and habitat acquisition and restoration initiatives that includes the Walker, Truckee and Carson Rivers in Nevada and California; the lower Colorado River in the U.S. and northern Mexico; the Rio Grande in New Mexico; and key tributaries along the Texas gulf coast. Over a career spanning 3+ decades David has helped to develop, negotiate, manage and implement a wide range of market-based transactional, collaborative and legislative strategies supporting the restoration of at-risk rivers, lakes, and wetlands across the arid West. Prior to joining NFWF in 2010 he worked as a consultant to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the University of Nevada, ICF International and The Nature Conservancy; as a senior analyst and deputy national program manager at the Environmental Defense Fund; and as an analyst on water, energy and finance at the Independent Power Corporation, Resources for the Future, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and The World Bank. David holds a B.A. in Economics from UC Davis and a M.S. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley.
Eric Schwaab Vice President Conservation Programs - National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Eric Schwaab is the Vice President of Conservation Programs at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, one of the world’s leading conservation grant-makers. In this position, he leads development and implementation of the Foundation’s national conservation portfolio. Eric has a long record of conservation success at state, federal and non-profit organizations, including serving in senior leadership positions for the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he directed the National Marine Fisheries Service, and also served as acting Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management. Eric has also served as Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources; Director of Maryland's Fisheries Service; Director of the Maryland Forest, Wildlife & Heritage Service; Chief Conservation Officer at National Aquarium; and Resource Director for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
Kathryn Landreth Conservationist
Kathryn Landreth is a former United States Attorney for the District of Nevada where she made a priority of protecting Nevada's public lands. Following more than twenty years of practicing law, she has devoted her time to conservation, serving 11 years with The Nature Conservancy. She is a member for the Nevada Environmental Commission.