Bentley is passionate about the preserving the outdoor experience in order to provide opportunities for people of all backgrounds to connect to nature and wildlife. He developed this excitement for outdoor recreation early in life, through yearly vacations to the American West to visit extended family and backpacking trips during his days as a Boy Scout. Bentley is the Manager of Federal Advocacy for Public Lands at National Wildlife Federation in Washington, D.C., coordinating a variety of efforts at the national level to advance conservation of natural resources and wildlife throughout the West and across the country. Bentley represents NWF on legislative and administrative policy issues ranging from the creation of new land protections such as wilderness areas as well as conflicts around wildlife management and resource extraction on public lands. Prior to NWF, he worked for The Wilderness Society on budget and appropriations issues. Bentley is a huge Michigan Wolverine fan, having grown up in Ann Arbor, MI and earning an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Program in the Environment from the University of Michigan.