Michael Gale works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Department of the Interior as the Communications Coordinator for Conserving the Future – a national effort to craft a renewed vision for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Learn more at www.AmericasWildlife.org. The son of a West Virginia forest ranger, Michael previously served as the Special Assistant for External Affairs for the Service. He has also worked for the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the National Geographic Society, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Michael spent a year in Galway, Ireland on a George J. Mitchell Scholarship researching European conservation policy. A Truman and Udall Scholar, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Zoology and completed his Masters of Public Administration (MPA) at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Michael serves on the board for SustainUS, a network for U.S. youth and sustainable development and also plays saxophone and percussion in D.C.’s Different Drummers, a GLBT arts organization in Washington, DC, where Michael currently resides.