Patricia Tillmann


M.S., Public Policy and Administration (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

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Patricia is an outdoor enthusiast who began her career in chemistry, earning a Bachelor of Science in 2007 and discovering her love of communicating science and bridging the science-policy gap along the way. She pursued this passion at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she graduated with her Master of Public Policy and Administration, summa cum laude, specializing in Environmental and Science Policy in 2010. While at UMass, Patricia interned with the World Wildlife Fund and Natural Capital Project, providing strategic recommendations to improve the use of scientific and technical information in decision making.

With the National Wildlife Federation, Patricia focused on climate change impacts and adaptation in the ecosystems along the Pacific Coast, from Alaska’s Copper River Delta to California’s coastal redwoods. This is the area covered by the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative. She produced reports, convened expert workshops, and presented on climate change impacts and adaptation options for the region.

Now with EnviroIssues, a public involvement, communications and outreach firm, Tricia provides strategic communications support to clients in the natural resources and energy sectors. She also engages individuals and communities in infrastructure and environmental clean-up decisions that affect daily life.

In each of these endeavors, Patricia’s goal is to build capacity among resource managers, conservation practitioners, researchers, and the public to address climate change and participate fully in environmental decisions.  Other interests include environmental justice, working with veterans, connecting people with nature, biking, gardening, and trail running.