Meet Jamie Podratz

Jamie Ford Podratz became Executive Director of Kids for Conservation (K4C) in 2015. Jamie oversees all aspects of K4C’s work, leading the organization’s outreach and programming efforts among educators, community groups, and the general public. Jamie is passionate about youth and community education as well as conservation of energy and our natural resources. Before joining K4C, Jamie spent seven years at Indian Land Tenure Foundation, a national Native American-led community foundation that focuses on land and natural resource stewardship in reservation communities. At the Foundation, Jamie gained significant experience in organizational development, project management and service provision to low-income and underserved communities.

Jamie earned her Juris Doctor at William Mitchell College of Law in 2008 and her Bachelor of Arts from Iowa State University in 2005. She has served on the board of directors for Kids for Conservation (then known as Conservation Conversations) since 2014, was elected a founding board member of the National Tribal Land Association in 2012, and has served as board member and board secretary of Cottonwood Foundation since 2006. Jamie was honored for her work in the nonprofit sector in 2013 with the Iowa STATEment Makers Award, which recognizes the early professional achievements of Iowa State graduates.

Jamie is inspired by the youth she works with at Kids for Conservation and loves to see young people taking the lead to create a better future. In her spare time, you can find Jamie hiking the trails of Minnesota’s beautiful parks and wilderness areas, playing volleyball or reading anything she can get her hands on.

To reach Jamie, call her at (651) 788-1252 or email us.