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Richard Pritzlaff

This photo shows Richard, dressed in a heavy winter jacket, posing against a snowy rock face.

Richard Pritzlaff is President of Biophilia Foundation, whose mission is to advance biodiversity conservation on private lands. Most recently, Biophilia Foundation has worked with partners to develop private and public financing and payments for ecosystem services to help transition farms and ranches to more sustainable food production.

From 1993–2002, Richard raised funds for and helped to manage many wildlife habitat restoration and conservation projects while working for Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage. Also during this time, through a demonstration project funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Richard helped initiate the Maryland Department of Environment’s Water Quality Linked-Deposit Loan Program. In 2000, he was appointed by the Governor to the Maryland Wetlands Restoration Steering Committee. In 2002 and 2003, he was a Project Manager for the Trust for Public Land. Since 2004, Richard has worked full-time as President of Biophilia Foundation.

Richard holds a M.S. degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. in Engineering from Vanderbilt University. Richard is currently Board Treasurer of the Hummingbird Monitoring Network, and has served on the boards of Defenders of Wildlife (Vice-Chair and member), the Ploughshares Fund, and the Institute for Shipboard Education (Chair and member), which operates the Semester at Sea program in partnership with the University of Virginia. Richard has also served on the University of Maryland’s Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology Board of Directors.