July 9, 2021
Erica Elvove Joins Denver Zoo
Elvove to Lead Effort to Engage Communities in Protecting Wildlife
We’re thrilled to announce the hiring of Erica Elvove to the new position of senior vice president for conservation engagement and impact. In this executive role, Elvove will be responsible for aligning the vision and direction of our newly-formed Conservation Engagement and Impact Division, which consists of the Conservation; Guest Engagement and Learning Experiences; and Community Research and Evaluation departments. She will lead all onsite, community- and field-based programs focused on learning, behavioral trends, capacity building, and wildlife conservation outcomes; and work to further establish the Zoo as a conservation leader.
“The creation of this new role and merging of these departments represents a milestone in the path to solidifying our position as a zoo-based conservation organization, both locally and globally,” said Bert Vescolani, Denver Zoo’s president and CEO. “Erica’s expertise and experience are a perfect fit for this crucial, multi-faceted position, and we’re confident that she’ll play a major part in advancing the Zoo’s mission and objectives.”
Prior to joining Denver Zoo, Elvove was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal and devoted more than 13 years of operational leadership as program coordinator and associate director for the Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) at University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. The IHAC intentionally elevates the value of the living world and the interrelationship and health of people, other animals and the environment, which it accomplishes through education, research and advocacy, with an ethical regard for all species. Elvove developed and taught conservation courses in Kenya as adjunct faculty at the Graduate School of Social Work, in addition to other human-animal-environment interaction courses for IHAC. She holds a Master of Social Work degree and human-animal-environment interactions certificate from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Science degree with dual majors in Social Welfare and English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“It’s clear I’m joining a team at the Zoo that brings their passion to work, and I intend on bringing my own passion and experience to the table,” said Elvove. “I’m excited to contribute my organizational development and leadership experience, and a drive to work within a One Health model, where interconnected human, animal and environmental systems rely on each other for optimal health.”
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