Based out of Defenders of Wildlife’s Washington, D.C. office since 2001, Gina Schrader develops and manages Defenders’ Northeast and Great Lakes gray wolf and Southeast red wolf conservation programs. She represents Defenders by monitoring and commenting on federal and state wolf management initiatives, producing educational and outreach wildlife conservation materials, and serving as Defenders’ conservation representative on various stakeholder groups. Gina’s work involves all facets of a non-profit organization from coordinating events and auction fundraisers to conducting public outreach about Defenders’ many conservation initiatives.Gina holds a BA in Political Science, with minors in Environmental Studies and Spanish from Western Michigan University. She serves on the board of directors for the Red Wolf Coalition and is a member of the Women’s Information Network. Born and raised northeast of Detroit, Gina maintains her Michigan roots by cheering on her boys from the Pistons and Tigers and refusing to give up pop (both the word and the beverage). This summer, she plans to learn to fly the trapeze and take a proper vacation overseas.