Larry Schweiger is president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. He returned to this organization in March 2004 with a commitment to confront the climate crisis and to protect wildlife for our children's future. It is America's largest conservation organization, with 47 affiliates and more than four million members and supporters.
Previously, Schweiger served for eight years as president and CEO of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, where he pioneered watershed restoration and promoted ecological research, land conservation, and community outreach. Prior to that, he was the executive secretary of the Joint House/Senate Conservation Committee for the Pennsylvania general assembly, senior vice president for conservation programs at the National Wildlife Federation, and first vice president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Schweiger is an active community leader, having served on more than 40 governing boards, commissions and committees. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Alliance for Climate Protection; The Climate Protection Action Fund; the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment; BlueGreen Alliance; and the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund. He was selected as Pennsylvania's Environmental Professional of the Year in 2002, and Pittsburgher of the Year in 2000; he also received a Conservation Service Award from the Christian Environmental Association in September 1995.
He is married to Clara Schweiger and has three adult daughters, three sons-in-law, and three grandsons. Published in 2009, Schweiger's book on global warming and wildlife, Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth, was awarded first prize for nonfiction by the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in 2011.