Despite the unexpected transitions caused by COVID-19, we are very excited to announce the on boarding of five new board members to NHF! This week’s spotlight features Esther Feldman. NHF Marketing & Communications Manager, Stephany, had the opportunity to chat with Esther to learn more about what inspired her to join NHF.
Q: What is your current role, outside of NHF?
Esther: “I am Principal of Feldman Consulting where I bring my diverse expertise and strategic approach to impact a wide range of projects, primarily focused on environmental initiatives and community and conservation goals.”
Q: What is your previous experience like?
Esther: “I have spent over 30 years working on environmental initiatives through California and the U.S. I have a long history of leveraging funds to ensure the longevity of projects that I support. For instance, my consulting practice worked with Tejon Ranch to develop its innovative approach to integrating conservation and urban development. I was also responsible for generating over $3 billion in new public funds for park, recreation and conservation purposes across California and the U.S. I am also the Founder and President of Community Conservation Solutions focused on developing solutions to environmental and development challenges where people and nature intersect.”
Q: What are you looking forward to most as a board member?
Esther: I look forward to bringing my expertise to on the ground projects that combine public benefits like parks, habitats, health, stormwater capture, [and] recreation. I am most looking forward to working the NHF team to advance and expand community-based work that will advance public health through creating green space and natural open space in core urban areas.”
Q: What about NHF drew your interest into the organization?
Esther: I was approached by Bridger Harper [another NHF Board Member] about joining the board. I knew about the work she was doing and the success she had in leveraging millions of dollars in public funds for these kinds of [community] projects. I saw the potential for synergy between my expertise and the work NHF is doing.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
Esther: I am an avid outdoors person. I like to hike, backpack, climb and dive. I also like to swing dance.
Q: What are some of your favorite hiking trails?
Esther: Locally, the Santa Monica Solstice Canyon, Mishe Mokwa Trail, San Gabriel Canyon and IceHouse Saddle. The longest hike I have ever done was 22 miles in one day.
Q: How long have you been swing dancing?
Esther: A little over a year.
Q: Any other fun facts or hobbies?
Esther: I am also a swimmer and I love to cook and eat. I have two cats – Quita and Zorro and am the proud aunt of two nieces and one nephew.