Dana Wiggins is the Director of Outreach and Financial Advocacy for the Virginia Poverty Law Center, where she is an advocate on low-income financial policy issues.
Dana’s background and degree and early career started working on the environmental issues. She has participated in efforts to protect the environment for over 25 years, because she thinks we need to preserve open space, land, clean water and soil, and animals for us and for the next generation. She cares about conservation so that the quality of life for everyone is enriched and enhanced, not degraded or taken away.
Dana enjoys her work with VALCV-EF because she likes staying engaged in environmental issues, and sometimes having the opportunity to merge her passion for low-income advocacy with her passion for the environment and advocacy on environmental issues. Dana loves being a part of an organization that encourages civic engagement as a means to change policies around the environment, and that pushes decision-makers to be strong leaders in conservation efforts, and thinks the mission and action of the organization is important and gives conservation a political and advocacy voice.
Having retired from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bobby started his environmental consulting business and freelance writing. He is currently under contract with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Bay Journal News Service. He is also an adjunct professor at James Madison University and farms with his wife in Swoope, Virginia. He can be reached through his website at www.gettingmoreontheground.com
For Bobby, natural resource conservation is his life’s work and a passion. Leaving our land and water resources better than we found them for future generations is important work, and Bobby enjoys serving on the board because it allows him to guide decisions that will improve our natural resources.
Carey Whitehead is an attorney in the Office of General Counsel at the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She serves as lead program counsel advising on the oversight of billions of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery grant funds, including the $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition. As part of the recovery from Hurricane Sandy, Carey helped support the launch of the Rebuild by Design competition (which made CNN’s 10 Best Ideas for its innovative plans to make the region impacted by Sandy more resilient ), and the development of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force.
Carey also serves as lead program counsel to the Section 108 Loan Guarantee program and related Brownfields Economic Development Initiative grants, and serves on HUD’s Resilience Counsel. She helped author HUD’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan, and works on other issues in the areas of resilience, economic development, disaster response and recovery, homeland security, administrative and appropriations law, environmental law, and community development.
Carey holds a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School, where she graduated cum laude in 2009 with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. She served as an Executive Board member of Environmental Law (the nation’s oldest law review dedicated solely to environmental issues) and as a member of the Ninth Circuit Review.
Carey previously served as the Executive Director of the Virginia Conservation Network and worked for the Piedmont Environmental Council. She graduated as a member of the 2003 class of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters since 2010.
Regan Pickett is a life-long Virginia resident. She currently lives in Richmond, VA but spent the prior 17 years in Fauquier County, VA where she served as a Board Member of the Goose Creek Association.
Regan works for IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. She received her BA from The College of William and Mary.
Regan also serves as Secretary of the Sherwood Park Civic Association in Richmond, VA. She is glad to be working to help protect Virginia’s environment.