Hazel Wong is the Director of Global Conservation Campaigns, a division within External Affairs at The Nature Conservancy (TNC). She is charged with generating public funding for conservation by placing measures on state ballots through the initiative or referendum process. Her 10 years as Senior Campaign Advisor resulted in $3.5 billion in public funding created to protect land, water and wildlife. As director of Global Campaigns Campaign since 2012, her team has raised more than $32 billion in three election cycles.
She has a proven track record of working with TNC state chapters and their partners to build effective and winning coalitions. Hazel has 20 years of experience working on candidate, legislative and ballot campaigns. She is adept at using public opinion research, strategic message development and political campaign tactics, to create a groundswell of public support for conservation funding and policy initiatives.
Born in the Seychelles, a group of islands of the East Coast of Africa, Hazel has been on the forefront of researching how to engage communities of color in conservation and advocating for more diverse representation in the conservation community. She has participated as a speaker and panelist in roundtables addressing diversity and conservation and is an outspoken advocate on diversifying the conservation community.