Dedicated people are one of our best resources. In addition to our central Institute staff, we have a network of consultants who bring their own unique backgrounds and experiences to assist us in the completion of our shared mission.
PresidentEmail Dianne Russell
Dianne Russell serves as President of the Institute for Conservation Leadership (ICL) and leads the fundraising, financial management, and oversight of program design and delivery. Dianne has worked with local, state and regional activists and groups in the environmental and conservation community since 1985. Dianne has worked with over 1,000 groups across North America on leadership, organizational development, strategic planning, campaign development and fundraising in her tenure with the Institute.
Previous staff positions included work with Americans for the Environment, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (SANE). A native of the Great Lakes region, Dianne earned a double degree in Religion and Sociology from Wittenberg University (Ohio). When she’s not working, she enjoys playing and learning with her partner and two daughters, seeing the world through her camera, biking, or messing around in the garden.
Senior AssociateEmail Sarah Clark
Sarah Clark serves as a Senior Associate for the Institute. She provides consulting, meeting design and facilitation, training, and coaching, particularly with coalitions, networks and other collaborative initiatives.
Sarah is adept at working with leaders to assess needs, clarify outcomes and develop strategies to create change and meet goals. She enjoys and is skilled at working to increase diversity and inclusion in groups and collaborative initiatives. Sarah has led a variety of successful in-person and virtual learning and training programs.
Sarah has extensive experience designing and implementing national leadership development initiatives and collaborative efforts with the American Lung Association, Amnesty International, Habitat for Humanity International, and as an independent consultant. Her experience includes several years in Great Britain supporting the development of Habitat affiliates and national boards of directors in Europe. Sarah earned her MSOD in Organization Development from American University/NTL in 2010 and her BA in Sociology from Miami University (Ohio).
Sarah lives in Bowie, MD with her husband and daughter. She is a volunteer leader with several local organizations, and enjoys traveling, camping and connecting young people with nature.
Program and Administrative CoordinatorEmail Candice Hilliard
Candice serves as the Program and Administrative Coordinator at ICL, where she supports program logistics, internal infrastructure, marketing, and fundraising. Candice graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Natural Resources Policy and Management. After completing her undergraduate degree, Candice moved to Annapolis to take part in the Chesapeake Conservation Corps and spent five years with the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park as the Museum’s Community Program Manager. She completed her Master’s in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Johns Hopkins University in 2018.
Candice grew up in Pennsylvania where she spent many of her childhood days helping her mom tend their family garden and growing sunflowers, her favorite flower. This time spent outdoors with her family fostered her love for the environment.