About our 2013 Thomas W. Keesee, Jr. Conservation Award Honoree
Allison Rockefeller is a lifelong conservationist with a deep love of nature and the American landscape. She is dedicated to the communication and celebration of America's natural heritage and nature's central role in shaping our history, values and national character. Connecting all Americans, especially young people, to nature is a passion. Much of Allison's work has focused on parks and open space and includes community and main street revitalization, supporting girls and women working in the environment, and recognizing excellence in women's environmental leadership.
Allison served as the first alumna Board Chair of the Student Conservation Association, as a Commission Member for the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation under four governors, and is a long time Board Member of the Women's Committee for Central Park Conservancy. Additionally, Allison is the founder of Cornerstone Parks, the "Pumps-to-Parks Initiative," designed to create a network of small parks and community centers from the more than 150,000 abandoned gas stations in towns across the United States.
Allison has had an immense impact on Audubon as founder of National Audubon's Women in Conservation. The program's mission is to create a nationwide community of women in the environment that shares knowledge, fosters relationships, builds political influence, celebrates achievements and promotes environmental opportunities for girls and young women. Allison presides over the centerpiece of the program, its prestigious Rachel Carson Award, one of the most important national awards for American women in the environment.