Carolyn Campbell, Executive Director
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Throughout the 30+ years that I have called Tucson home, I have been a passionate voice for Sonoran Desert land and wildlife conservation. I helped found the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection in 1998, responding to a need for a unified voice to advocate for the implementation of the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan. Over the last 20 years, under my leadership, the Coalition has become the lead environmental advocate and facilitator on Sonoran Desert conservation planning.
The Coalition’s strength lies in its ability to leverage meaningful and long-lasting change through close partnerships with its member groups and local jurisdictions. We continually try to connect the best available science with grassroots organizing and this has led to truly ground-breaking conservation successes in the Sonoran Desert and the Sky Island region.
The Coalition brings together and earns the trust of a wide variety of stakeholders and divergent interests and uses sound science and grassroots organizing to conserve the Sonoran Desert through effective land-use planning. I am proud that the Coalition has created a legacy in Pima County that includes ongoing implementation of the nationally-recognized Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan; preservation of hundreds of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and open space in Pima County; protection of critical wildlife linkages that connect the Sky Islands and desert seas; and, perhaps most importantly, a regional conservation ethic born from true collaboration and coalition-building.
I began my career after graduating from Arizona State University in 1982 with a B.S. in Political Science. I worked as a Congressional Aide to Representative Morris K. Udall in his Phoenix office from 1984-1990. I was the founder and State Chair of the Arizona Green Party from 1990-1998, and from 1994-1997 I worked as Chief Council Aide for Tucson City Councilmember Molly McKasson. In 1992, I was an Arizona Legislative Candidate.
Over the years, I have served on many local committees, including:
- Vice-Chair, Pima County Bond Advisory Committee
- Chair, SR 77 Wildlife Crossings Technical Advisory Committee
- Member, Regional Transportation Authority’s Wildlife Linkage Working Group
- Past Member of citizen stakeholder committees for Pima County’s Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, City of Tucson’s Resource Planning Advisory Committee, Pima Association of Governments’ Regional Task Force for Long Range Transportation, Regional Transportation Authority’s Citizen Advisory Committee, and the Town of Marana’s Habitat Conservation Plan
- Founding Advisory Committee Member, Living Streets Alliance
- Past Board Member: Arizona League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Buffers, KXCI Community Advisory Board, Center for Voting and Democracy, Tucson Community Land Trust, Tucson Small Schools Project (now City High School)
I am honored to have received the following awards:
- Tucson Audubon Society, David Yetman Award for Promoting Conservation in Southern Arizona, 2013
- Sky Island Alliance, Mike Seidman Memorial Award, 2011
- The Nature Conservancy, Outstanding Conservation Achievement Award, 2009
- Tucson Mountains Association, Conservationist of the Year, 2009
- YWCA, Woman on the Move, 2008
- UofA Women’s Plaza of Honor, 2006
- Sonoran Institute, Collaborative Conservation, 2006
- Tucson Weekly, Local Hero, 2003
- Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter, Conservation Champion, 2003
- Sonoran Institute, Local Hero, 2001
- Tucson Citizen, “Who Runs Tucson,” 2001
- The Nature Conservancy, Joseph Crutch Award, 2000
Kathleen Kennedy, Associate Director
Pronouns: she, her, hers
I cannot think of a better way to spend my time than working to protect the wildlife and wild places of the Sonoran Desert. I joined the Coalition in 2007 after receiving my B.S. in Geology from Northern Arizona University in 2000 and my M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana in 2005. After growing up in the forests of upstate New York, the Sonoran Desert was both foreign and enthralling when my husband and I moved to Tucson in 2005. Weekends spent hiking, climbing, and camping throughout southern Arizona quickly led me to fall in love with this beautiful landscape.
I provide program support for all of the Coalition’s projects, including researching, drafting, and editing all of the Coalition’s comment letters, donor communications, website content, and outreach materials. I also develop and manage the Coalition’s fundraising and communications plans and oversee the Coalition’s long-term goals, operations, internal policies, and finances. I am continually inspired by the Coalition’s inclusive spirit and ability to make real change in the community.
I am the proud mother of three sons – Liam, Isaac, and Ryan – and I love exploring wild places with my family. I am an avid knitter and bookworm. Raspberries are my favorite fruit.
Jessica Moreno, Conservation Science Director
Pronouns: she, her, hers
I was raised by the desert. I don’t know exactly when this led to my decision to be a biologist, but maybe it was that moment, shin-dagger thorns in my jeans, when I saw the sunset light up the Atascosa mountains after my first volunteer trip setting wildlife cameras. Or maybe it was leaving my bed at night with a flashlight to find the spadefoots calling after a flash flood. But the desert led me right here.
After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in Wildlife Management in 2007, I coordinated mountain lion and bobcat studies in the Tucson Mountains for the UA Wild Cat Research and Conservation Center. For the next seven years I work with Sky Island Alliance, leading the Wildlife Linkages Program, studying jaguars and ocelots in the borderlands, and protecting Wilderness through outreach, research, policy, and planning. I have served on the Arizona Wildlife Linkages Working Group, the Pima and Cochise County Wildlife Linkages Assessment Working Groups, and the RTA Wildlife Linkages Committee. I also served as President of the Arizona Chapter of The Wildlife Society in addition to other roles on the Executive Board, and formerly wrote the Sonoran Sage column for Tucson’s Desert Leaf magazine.
With the Coalition I have found a community that brings my experience and passion full circle to protect the desert that I call home. CSDP’s superhero team of staff, partners, and volunteers is a joy to work with. I lead our community science wildlife monitoring projects, from volunteer data collection to analysis, and applying what we know to build safe passages for wildlife. In my spare time I like to explore reading, writing, and gardening in and out of the house. I have two children, Sofia and Mateo, and love outdoor cooking, wading barefoot in creeks, and the scent of wild open spaces.
Jonni Zeman, Program & Communications Coordinator
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Although I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, I am proud to call Tucson my home. The community I have found here is special in so many ways, especially when it comes to the support for proactive environmental policies and ecological protection. Indeed, the Sonoran Desert and its beauty has captivated me beyond measure.
I graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a minor in Plant Sciences. Through these programs, I ignited my passion for environmental justice, sustainability, science communication, and ecological restoration. I joined the Coalition to use these skills to help protect this beautiful desert we call home and to make a difference for all who live here, wildlife and humans alike.
In my senior year of college, I participated in the Earth Grant Program which led me to an internship with Pima County Natural Resource Parks and Recreation. This position allowed me to work with the county to implement restoration and conservation projects and manage invasive plant species within Pima County. I’ve battled buffelgrass, collected native seeds to revegetate areas of Tucson Mountain Park, and studied the phytotomy and phenology of Sonoran Desert plants. My favorite plant here is creosote – from it’s fragrance to it’s glow in the early morning sun, I find so much comfort in its abundance here.
My hobbies include hiking, gardening, fishkeeping, and staying creative through painting and mixed media artwork. I also have a strong interest in the wildlife and insects of the southwest! One of my favorite creatures are palo verde beetles, Derobrachus hovorei, who greet me with their clumsy flying every summer.
Andrew Grusenmeyer, Desert Wildlife Intern
Hi! My name is Andrew, I am currently a high school senior and I was born here in Tucson. I love living in Tucson, and really enjoy everything that Tucson and the Sonoran Desert have to offer. In my spare time I enjoy hiking with my two dogs, Bella and Charlie, and also learning how to better identify plants and animals, birds especially.
I’m very interested in what it takes to take care of the environment and hope to work for a land management agency like the National Parks Service or the Forest Service in the future, as well as go on to college for resource management or some other environmental program with a focus on conservation and biology.
Jeremiah Powers, Desert Wildlife Intern
My name is Jeremiah Powers, I’m a student in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona. I grew up in the Midwest, in a small town in Michigan just a ways outside Ann Arbor.
I’ve had a love for the outdoors since I was young and have always found myself exploring in wild areas. I moved to Tucson in 2017, and I have spent plenty of time up in mountains or out in the desert, visiting some of the most beautiful areas in the southwest from Sonoita to Moab, or Joshua Tree to Big Bend.
I am driven by a love for the outdoors and for all the flora and fauna we share those spaces with. I’ve always been a geek for ecology; understanding how and why organisms interact with each other and their environment is a large part of why I love wild areas. The rest of the why for my love of wild places is due to my recreating in these areas. I am an avid climber and hiker, and most of my vacation time is spent in a tent or in a remote air BnB with my wife and adventure partner. My love for these places is what put me on a path toward conservation and preservation of wildlife and the environment.
Why do pronouns matter to CSDP?
The Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection respects gender identity. We understand that we cannot assume to know each others’ pronouns by our names or appearance. For some of us, it is a privilege not to have to worry about which pronoun will be used based on how our gender is perceived. If we fail to respect someone else’s gender identity, it is not only disrespectful and hurtful but also oppressive.
The Coalition normalizes the practice of sharing our pronouns to challenge the belief that all pronouns can be assumed and to create a supportive community for all people.