Deborah Jensen is passionate about creating sustainable ecosystems for people and nature through community-based conservation. Working with people from many walks of life and listening to their goals and values has often shown her the best ways to find solutions to the complex challenges that must be overcome to creating sustainable futures.

As principal of Jensen and Associates, a management consulting firm, Jensen focuses on organizational development, strategy and leadership. She served as CEO of the Woodland Park Zoo for fourteen years, and as Vice President for Conservation Science for The Nature Conservancy at its International headquarters in Virginia for nearly a decade. Deborah is currently Chair of the Board of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition and serves on the Executive Committee of the Puget Sound Partnership.

Deborah has a PhD in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley where she wrote a book on biodiversity conservation in the state of California and did research on climate change and forests.