The Western Environmental Law Center, a nonprofit public-interest environmental law firm, is proud to announce Jenna M.A. Kloeppel as its new development director.

Jenna comes to WELC with 10 years of experience in fundraising and sales in the arts. She has worked for the National Dance Institute of New Mexico, Santa Fe Art Auction, the Albuquerque Museum Foundation, and has taught at the University of New Mexico. She earned two master’s degrees—one from Georgetown University and another from the University of New Mexico.

“We are elated to welcome Jenna to the WELC team,” said Board President Karin Sheldon. “Her warmth and substantial development experience will help the Western Environmental Law Center’s rise as a leading force for good in the western U.S. Her contributions will be of great value as we accelerate our efforts to address the challenging environmental issues facing the western U.S., our country, and our world.”

“In previous fundraising positions, I’ve incorporated my passions for visual and performing arts with focused fundraising efforts, which has proven a fruitful combination,” said Development Director Jenna M.A. Kloeppel. “My love for nature and the environment now brings me to the Western Environmental Law Center to support their world-class group of attorneys and advocates in defending wildlands, helping communities, protecting wildlife, and safeguarding the climate.”

“Jenna’s experiences and deep roots in New Mexico will help the Western Environmental Law Center broaden our advocacy work to new supporters,” said Executive Director Erik Schlenker-Goodrich. “Jenna clearly feels a strong connection to the natural world, and we’re so pleased she’s joined our team as a way to align her love for the world with her professional career.”

Founded in 1993, the Western Environmental Law Center uses the power of the law to safeguard the wildlife, wildlands, and communities of the western U.S. WELC is governed by a board of directors comprised of renowned attorneys, academics, and conservationists from across the country.


Erik Schlenker-Goodrich, WELC Executive Director, 575-751-0351,

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