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News: The GCA’s 2020 National Affairs and Legislation Conference


February 13, 2020

Over 300 Delegates to Hear Educational Speakers and Visit Legislators on Capitol Hill

Since 1913, The Garden Club of America (GCA) has been advocating for the safety of our environment. The efforts continue to this day. This month, the GCA will host over 300 delegates from around the country at its annual National Affairs and Legislation Conference in Washington, D.C. Throughout the three day conference, delegates will hear expert speakers from conservation nonprofits, scientists, scholars, and members of congress from both sides of the aisle. One day is dedicated to meetings with members of Congress and congressional staff on Capitol Hill. The agenda will include important issues covered in the GCA’s position papers as they pertain to relevant legislation and federal administrative actions.     

The keynote speaker is Theodore Roosevelt V, founding partner of Redwood Grove Capital. He is a descendant and namesake of President Theodore Roosevelt, often referred to as America’s conservation president. The young Mr. Roosevelt has become a modern-day force in conservation serving as vice chairman on the board of directors for EcoAmerica, on the Executive Committee for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library, and on the President’s Council for the Woods Hole Research Center. He will share his insights on today’s conservation priorities and the important role that our national parks play in ensuring a healthy future for our planet.

Other speakers for the 2020 conference include: Christina Lee Brown, President, Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute; Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, Director and Professor of Medicine and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Louisville; Fran Ulmer, Chair of The Nature Conservancy Global Board and former Lieutenant Governor of Alaska; John Piotti, President and CEO, American Farmland Trust; Lynn Scarlet, former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior; Tim Shank, Postdoctoral Scholar at the Woods Hole Institute; Collin O’Mara, President and CEO, World Wildlife Federation; Peter Stein, President and Managing Director at Lyme Timber; Laurie Wayburn Co-Founder of the Pacific Forest Trust;  Alexander Friend, Deputy Chief of Research and Development U.S. Forestry Service; and Sam Sankar, Vice President of Programs, Earthjustice.

Top photo: 2019 Delegates gathered on Capitol Hill. Photo Credit: Linder Suthers

Second photo: Theodore Roosevelt V



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