What We Do

We are bridgebuilders focused on providing balanced, progressive and incremental solutions in the animal welfare, environmental, and humanitarian sectors. Our services and expertise include coalition and consensus-building, public outreach and strategic campaigns, science and research, policy and program management, government relations, and media and communications.

Lightkeeper’s goal is to promote understanding, empower local agents of change, and inform incremental steps towards long-term solutions through collaborative initiatives based in science and ethics.

We have a proven reputation in building alliances through our work to connect stakeholders, often with diverging interests, to yield common ground, understanding, compassion, and progress.

Are you an individual or an organization engaged in progressive initiatives to improve the lives of humans and animals? We are interested in working with you.

What We Believe

Lightkeepers is founded upon the premise that every individual can be a beacon of light to illuminate and galvanize positive solutions to complex and provocative environmental and social issues.

We facilitate and support consensus and coalition-building. Our goal? To open the way for collaborative solutions and mutual understanding, through connecting individuals and organizations in a balanced stakeholder engagement.


The mission of Lightkeepers is to provide expertise, strategic insight and support to individuals and organizations searching for positive solutions to society’s most challenging environmental and social issues.

Vision and Values

Incremental progress is critical to achieving paradigm-shifting solutions that often require us to confront systems, traditions, and attitudes that are resistant to change. However, we work to nurture relationships that foster new understanding, improvement, and ultimately change.

Through honest and inspired dialogue, we can expose a common pathway where we can walk together and align our best efforts to honor and protect the value in every single life, human or animal.

Lightkeepers is committed to promoting the values embodied by the belief that every life matters, and that the power of an individual working from compassion and love is perhaps the most powerful force in the universe upon which to inspire and deliver change.


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.


Conflict is often viewed as a polarizing and destructive force. However, without struggle there is no progress, and we understand that it is often the small steps forward that lead to monumental strides in addressing complex and challenging environmental and social dilemmas. Every issue has at least three sides, and by navigating and engaging diverse stakeholders through principled negotiation, Lightkeepers seeks to transform conflict and illuminate common ground and shared values to engineer progressive and innovative approaches and solutions.

Through dialogue and understanding, shared interests can emerge as a powerful and collaborative force in problem solving. We are all stakeholders in the challenges that face our communities, and our planet. We can construct bridges of understanding that connect diverse interests, raise awareness, and open hearts to achieve a common good.

Who We Are

image007Director, Principal Consultant~ Courtney S. Vail

Courtney has worked within the conservation and animal welfare field for 30 years. With a diverse background in biology, law and environmental policy, she has provided leadership for diverse domestic and international outreach and policy initiatives. Courtney has served as a campaigner, strategic planner, and director of programs for numerous non-governmental organizations focused on animal welfare and conservation, and always with a passion for seeking balanced solutions that promote understanding and empathy. Because environmental policy always has a social element 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 frameworks that guide national and international policy and management.

“Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”
- Rumi
“When spider webs unite, they can halt even a lion”
- Ethiopian Proverb

“Far from eliminating differences, our challenge is to make the world safe for differences.”

- William Ury
“After the final no there comes a yes and on that yes the future world depends.”
- Wallace Stevens
“Few injustices are addressed without serious conflict…the best decisions result not from superficial consensus but from exploring different points of view and searching for creative solutions.”
- Roger Fisher

“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.”

- Luke 11:33

“There are two ways of spreading light – to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

- Edith Wharton


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Souls of the Vermilion Sea
Movie Screening Vaquita Event

In March 2018, Lightkeepers collaborated with Arizona State University’s Center for Biodiversity Outcomes and a local organization to host a special Screening of Souls of the Vermilion Sea, a short documentary detailing the plight of the vaquita, a small porpoise on the brink of extinction. The screening was followed by an expert panel discussion involving marine mammal professionals who are deeply involved in efforts to save this vanishing species.


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