Bridging the Divide

About Barb

Barb Cozzens is a first year DEL-MEM based of outside Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. By day – and night – she helps clients advance natural resources conservation strategies and policy innovations in complex political and socio-economic environments. Her consultancy focuses on natural resources conservation in the west, land-use and wildlife policies, the energy sector, human-wildlife conflict and government relations (e.g., lobbying).

Following a decade-long career at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector development arm of the World Bank, she moved west to lead conservation portfolios for NGOs based in rural communities in Montana and Wyoming. In these roles and continuing today, she has been immersed in a number of issues at the center of national and state debates, including listing, delisting and/or recovery of wolves, grizzly bears and sage grouse; public lands management, including grazing and energy production; and climate change.

A passionate advocate for the role of farmers and ranchers in sustaining lands, waters and wildlife, Barb has served on the boards of the Ranchers Stewardship Alliance and as the Montana alternate for Partners for Conservation, a national network of private landowners practicing innovative conservation for the long-term health and productivity of working landscapes and rural communities. PFC grew out of the highly successful Blackfoot Challenge.

Barb was born in Princeton, but considers herself a Massachusetts native. She studied Biology and Environmental Studies at Colgate University and completed a multi-year study of Neritina virginea at the University of the West Indies’ Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory in Jamaica. When not working, schooling or sleeping – these days, rare moments! – Barb loves getting outside with her many horses, goats and pets.

Have a question or comment? Barb can be reached at barbara.cozzens@duke.edu.

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