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, President of the Institute for Conservation Leadership (ICL), leads the fundraising, financial management, and oversight of ICL’s program design and delivery. Dianne brings over 40 years of experience with groups across North America working on environmental and community-based issues. Dianne blends her knowledge of human systems with a deep understanding of the strategies needed to create healthy natural systems and communities. She specializes in the development of networks, leadership, and organizations using the primary tools of planning, coaching, facilitation, and training. She has played the role of process designer, meeting facilitator, backbone staff, evaluator, and foundation advisor with over 45 collaborative efforts across the U.S. and Canada.
Dianne’s work with ICL has been supported by her training with the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, VISIONS (multicultural skills), the Gestalt International Study Center (Eyes Wide Open Program), and her academic training (double degree in Religion and Sociology from Wittenberg University). Questions about baseball, gardening, social change theories, photography, GLBTQ issues, or her home state of Ohio will spark very enthusiastic discussions with her.
Senior AssociateEmail Sarah Clark
Sarah is a skilled consultant with over 20 years’ experience supporting mission-driven organizations and collaborations to achieve results. She specializes in designing and facilitating planning processes and meetings with coalitions, networks, organizations and teams.
As ICL’s lead in the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, Sarah supports the development of effective networks, organizations and leaders in this $100 million regional initiative to improve water quality. She has also worked with a variety of other conservation groups and nonprofits, including regional trail initiatives, to develop leaders, support effective collaboration and facilitate a variety of planning processes and meetings. Sarah has extensive experience heading national leadership development initiatives with ICL, the American Lung Association, Amnesty International, and Habitat for Humanity International. She has an MS in Organization Development from American University and a BA in Sociology from Miami University.
Senior AssociateEmail Joy Jackson
Joy Jackson serves as a Senior Associate with ICL. She plans and facilitates meetings, as well as provides consulting and training services on behalf of the organization.
Joy is a dedicated public servant with a passion for coaching, instruction and capacity building. She has spent 15 years in senior level administrator and education related roles at non-profits and universities. She is has extensive experience designing and facilitating workshops, most recently serving as a career development instructor with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Programs. Her higher education career has included Director level roles a Virginia Tech and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and capacity building/coaching roles with non-profits such as Local Initiatives Support Corporation.
A native of Silver Spring, MD, Joy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Syracuse University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her free time, she enjoys being active in her community, traveling, playing tennis and spending time with friends, family and her dog Charlie.
Program and Administrative CoordinatorEmail Candice Hilliard
Candice will be taking leave from August 30-November 30, 2021. Please email ICL’s interim Program and Administrative Coordinator, Sarah Dietz-sarahd(at)icl.org, with any inquiries during this time.
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.
Interim Program and Administrative CoordinatorEmail Sarah Dietz
Sarah serves as the Interim Program and Administrative Coordinator at ICL where she supports program logistics, internal infrastructure, marketing, and fundraising. She earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Southern Maine and served as a social worker early in her career. During a summer apprenticeship at an organic farm, Sarah realized her passion for local food systems and has since dedicated her work to sustainable food. In 2019, she earned an MA in Nutrition and Food Studies from New York University with a focus on sustainability.
Before her role at ICL, Sarah reviewed grants for a nutrition non-profit, owned a small startup beverage business, designed and coordinated environmental awareness events, and volunteered at numerous non-profits dedicated to food systems and sustainability.
Sarah grew up in Maine and feels most at home near the ocean. In her free time, she enjoys running, camping, gardening, photography, and traveling.