After 10 years under Veronica Egan’s leadership, the Great Old Broads for Wilderness hired Shelley Silbert as its new Executive Director. Egan took a step back into semi-retirement and Broads search led it into the experienced and capable hands of another Great Old Broad. Silbert assumed the lead shortly after the first of the year and is settling in to her new duties for this national wilderness advocacy organization. With the many pressing threats to the health of wild lands across the U.S., she’ll have to be quick about it.
Silbert comes to Broads with more than 20 years in the fields of conservation and sustainability. Most recently, she served as Associate Director of the San Juan Citizens Alliance in Durango, Colorado. Prior to that, she was the Director of Strategic Environmental Initiatives at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, where she founded and chaired the Environmental Caucus and advanced environmental and Native American programs. From 1994-2003, she directed The Nature Conservancy’s Northern Arizona Program, setting conservation priorities, managing three nature preserves, and working on ecological restoration, conservation easements, regional conservation planning, and public open space campaigns.
Silbert grew up in Tennessee. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and Health Care from the University of Tennessee and an M.A. in Watershed Management from the University of Arizona.
As the Executive Director, Silbert is responsible for the health and success of the entire organization. Along with administrative duties, she is responsible for setting the wilderness advocacy agenda for the Broads as well as representing Broads to the media, to our members, to our partner organizations, and to the great wild world.
Great Old Broads for Wilderness is a national organization that uses the voices and activism of elders to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands. With more than 4,500 members and supporters, Broads represents and gives voice to the millions of older Americans who want to see their public lands protected for future generations.