Vice-President of Strategy
The Wilderness Society
Chase serves as Vice President for Strategy and Results at The Wilderness Society, the leading conservation organization working to unite people to protect America’s wild places. In this role, he helps set strategic direction, leads program and policy innovation, and ensures programmatic outcomes are centered on equity and justice, including protecting 30% of US lands and waters, ensuring all people in the US benefit equitably from public lands, and achieving eliminating fossil fuel emissions from federal public lands.
He brings more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit and government sectors evaluating policy options and building coalitions to advocate for climate-smart management of public lands. Chase served at the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of the U.S. Congress, evaluating the federal programs and engaging experts to provide insight on international and domestic natural resource problems. He served for a year on detail to the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Energy and Resources focused on energy security issues and attended the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development as a member of the U.S. delegation. Previously, Chase spent time in the office of the Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment and worked at the binational Great Lakes Commission and the Progressive Policy Institute.
Chase holds two Masters Degrees from the University of Michigan with a focus on resource policy and ecosystem management, and a BA from Claremont McKenna College in Government and Philosophy.