Sarah Barmeyer is the senior managing director of Conservation Programs at the National Parks Conservation Association, where she coordinates priority initiatives related to water, landscape conservation, wildlife, and air for the benefit of national parks. She focuses on protecting and restoring waterways and habitats in and around national parks, including in coastal and marine areas like the Everglades, Chesapeake Bay, and Gulf of Mexico. She manages America’s Great Waters Coalition, which is an alliance of national, regional, state and local organizations working to protect, preserve, and restore the nation's most iconic waterways.
Prior to joining NPCA in 2010, Sarah worked for the Georgia Wildlife Federation and was responsible for building, organizing, and managing the Georgia Water Coalition, a diverse group of interests that advocates for sustainable water management policies. Before moving to the policy and advocacy arena, she conducted scientific field research on sea turtles with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Sea Turtle Conservancy in Tortuguero, Costa Rica, and performed aerial surveys of North Atlantic right whale calving grounds in the Atlantic Ocean with Wildlife Trust. Sarah is a senior fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program. She holds an M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development from the University of Georgia, and a B.S. in Biology from Sewanee - the University of the South in Tennessee.