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Stephanie Hertz serves as the Recovery and Sustainment Partnership (RASP) Coordinator for the Department of Defense (DoD) Natural Resources Program within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Environment and Energy Resilience). The RASP is a partnership between the DoD and Department of the Interior focused on developing and promoting conservation and recovery initiatives for threatened, endangered, and at-risk species while promoting increased flexibility for military mission activities. As the Coordinator for DoD, Stephanie focuses on proactive, innovative and collaborative approaches that enhance implementation of the Endangered Species Act, sustain and enhance the military mission, and achieve greater conservation outcomes for species.
Prior to her position as RASP Coordinator, Stephanie served as Program Director for the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute (NRI) under the Military Lands Sustainability Program and Strategic Conservation and Policy Program. She supported the DoD Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program and DoD Natural Resources Program for over 10 years to build conservation partnerships and develop innovative conservation strategies for threatened, endangered and at-risk species conservation challenges nationwide. Stephanie collaborated with university, non-governmental organizations, state and federal government agencies on large landscape initiatives such as the RASP, America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative, Sentinel Landscapes Partnership, and the Collaborative Wildlife Protection and Recovery Initiative. This position included a 6-month detail working on-site at DoD REPI in Alexandria, VA.
Before joining NRI, Stephanie developed nine years of experience in the environmental consulting industry. Her areas of expertise included environmental assessments and National Environmental Policy Act documentation, including threatened and endangered species reviews, habitat surveys, assessments for sensitive/critical environmental features, identification of environmental constraints, environmental research and wetland delineations.
Stephanie received a Bachelor of Science in zoology and a master’s degree in wildlife science from Texas A&M University.
In her free time, Stephanie enjoys traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with her family, friends and furry canine companion.