Lightkeepers has proven depth of experience in guiding and inspiring strategic program and policy development, from concept to delivery and administration. Through passionate engagement, resourcefulness, and a committed work ethic borne through decades of experience, Lightkeepers offers special competency in the fields of environmental and animal welfare policy, including program design and management, solutions-oriented stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, media relations, and educational outreach.
Courtney S. Vail – Executive Director & Founder
Courtney is a biologist and social scientist who has worked within the conservation and animal welfare field for over 30 years. With a diverse background in biology, law, and psychology, she has provided leadership for diverse national and international programs and policy initiatives.
Courtney has served as a campaigner, strategist, policy expert, and program director for numerous non-governmental organizations, and always with a passion for seeking balanced solutions that promote understanding, empathy, and awareness.
Because environmental policy always has a human dimension and often involves intractable or enduring conflict, Courtney’s approach has been to engage with all stakeholders and forge collaborative alliances to achieve incremental progress towards a brighter future for all living creatures.
Having also held positions within several government agencies and the private sector, she has worked from within and outside of the regulatory, scientific, and advocacy frameworks that guide national and international conservation policy and management.
Courtney holds a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from Cornell University, and a Masters of Science degree in psychology.