Uniting people to protect America's wild places with Kiara Tringali of The Wilderness Society | Sea Change

March 9, 2023

Protecting 30% of US lands and waters by 2030.

Tune in to this episode of the Sea Change Podcast to meet Kiara Tringali. Not only is Kiara a changemaker, serving as the Senior Government Relations Representative for The Wilderness Society, but also she is Jenna's cousin, proving that conservationists run in the family.

Through this role, Kiara is focused on landscape conservation and designation that advances legislative and administrative protections for priority lands to help achieve the goals of protecting 30% of US lands and waters by 2030 and ensuring that all people benefit equitably from public lands. Prior to her role with The Wilderness Society, Kiara had several years of experience in the halls of government, serving as a legislative staffer in the Massachusetts State House and in the office of Congresswoman Chellie Pingree.

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Jenna Valente

A passion for conservation and appreciation for the natural world was engrained in Jenna at a young age. Her father was in the Coast Guard. This meant she always had the fortune of living near the ocean, including Hawaii, Washington State, and Maine. Both of her parents encouraged her to spend the majority of her time outside. As a result, she finds that she is most comfortable barefoot and exploring the coast, countryside, or mountains. Her favorite thing about the ocean is the sheer power of it all. Jenna joined the American Littoral Society as the Healthy Oceans Coalition Coordinator from the Chesapeake Research Consortium where she was a member of the communications staff and focused on building the brand of the program and ensure the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Jenna completed her Executive Master of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech in 2015 and also has her Bachelors in Communication and Journalism from the University of Maine.