Jessica Walz Schafer serves as the coordinator for Wildlands Network’s law and policy program and its growing efforts in the Pacific Northwest. She also works as a consultant with various other environmental non-profits.
Jessica was born and raised in southern California and earned her B.S. degree in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology from University of California, Davis. After college, she returned to southern California to work on a sage scrub habitat restoration project with the Audubon Society and as a volunteer for a shorebird study. Jessica decided to pursue a degree in Environmental Law and graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2007. She began working with the Gifford Pinchot Task Force (now Cascade Forest Conservancy) in 2008. Over the next 6-plus years, Jessica managed projects focused on private land use; ESA listings; timber sales; grazing, mining, and off-highway vehicle use on public lands; water use; and many other issues. She also served as legal counsel on administrative appeals, litigation, and settlements. Shortly before Jessica left the GP Task Force to move with her family to Seattle, she served as the organization’s Executive Director.
Jessica currently lives in Redmond, Washington, with her husband, 2 small children, and her dog, Leo.