Who We Are
Bald Eagle | Credit: S. Maslowski

NFWF Leadership

Edwin R. "Rod" Rodriguez, Jr., Chairman of the Board

Mr. Rodriguez is a Managing Director-Investments and Senior Portfolio Manager-PIA with Merrill Lynch. Rod’s love and respect for conservation and the outdoors was molded by his time spent hunting and fishing while growing up in Louisiana and he continues to be an avid hunter and fisherman. He graduated with a degree in Finance from Louisiana State University in 1971. Rod began his long career as a Private Wealth Advisor in 1971 and has been with Merrill Lynch for 35 years. In 2008, Barron’s Magazine selected Rod to its “Top 100 Wealth Managers” which represents the top 100 Private Wealth Managers in America. For the last 9 consecutive years, he has been recognized by Barron’s Magazine as the Number One Financial Advisor in Louisiana. In 2006, Research Magazine selected Rod to its “Winner’s Circle” which represents the top 100 Wealth Advisors in America.

Rod is active within the New Orleans and Tampa communities in many business, civic and charitable organizations. These include E. McIlhenny’s Sons, Inc. (makers of Tabasco pepper sauce), Children’s Hospital, Tampa Bay History Center, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, The Chartwell Foundation, The Greater New Orleans Foundation, the National World War II Museum, and United Way Tocqueville Society. He is also the President of the Gustaf W. McIlhenny Family Foundation.

Rod was recently awarded Merrill Lynch’s Robert E. Young Award for selfless work throughout the community. Mr. Rodriguez was appointed to the Board in February 2013.

Jeff Trandahl, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Lila Helms, Executive Vice President, External Affairs

Holly Bamford, Ph.D., Chief Conservation Officer

Tokunbo Falayi, Chief Financial Officer

Daniel Strodel, General Counsel

Team Leaders

Thomas Kelsch, Senior Vice President, Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund

Timothy DiCintio, Senior Vice President, Impact-Directed Environmental Accounts

Anthony Chatwin, Ph.D., Vice President, Science and Evaluation

Greg Knadle, Vice President, Government Relations

Eric Schwaab, Vice President, Conservation Programs

Regional Office Directors

Amanda Bassow, Director, Northeastern Regional Office

Jonathan Birdsong, Director, Western Regional Office

Todd Hogrefe, Director, Central Regional Office

Jay Jensen, Director, Southern Regional Office

Chris West, Director, Rocky Mountain Regional Office

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 Board of Directors

 
Edwin R. “Rod" Rodriguez, Jr. 
Chairman
Florida and Louisiana​
 
Sydney McNiff Johnson
Vice-Chair
Idaho and Washington, DC
 
Reuben Mark
Vice-Chair
Connecticut
 
Michael L. Campbell
New York

Max C. Chapman, Jr.
Texas and Wyoming

J. Michael Cline
Connecticut

John Dane III
Mississippi
 
John V. Faraci, Jr.
​Wyoming
 
Blas Fonalledas
Puerto Rico

RDML Tim Gallaudet
NOAA
 
Harold Hamm
Oklahoma

JJ Healy
California and Wyoming
 
Christopher M. James
California

Paul Tudor Jones II
Florida
  
Eaddo H. Kiernan
Connecticut

Ryan Lance
Texas

Charles D. McCrary
​Alabama

Don J. McGrath
California​
 
R. King Milling
Louisiana
 
Jennifer Mull
Texas
 
Trina Overlock
Connecticut
 
Chad Pike
London, UK

Greg Sheehan
USFWS​
 
Thomas L. Strickland
Colorado and
Washington, DC
 
Federico Stubbe
Puerto Rico
 
John A. Tomke
Indiana
 
Amy Robbins Towers
New York
 
Victoria J. Tschinkel
Florida
 
Steven A. Williams
Pennsylvania