Uniting and amplifying climate solutions based on mutual flourishing
Southwest U.S. & Northern México
Affiliations & Roles
Southwest Region Director, American Bird Conservancy
Aimee Michelle Roberson leads conservation partnerships that develop a shared vision and inspire people to work together to achieve a meaningful collective impact. She quickly discovers how to integrate disparate parts into a combined outcome as she creates spaces where connections and relationships can be cultivated, nurtured, and flourish. Aimee’s environmental leadership philosophy is centered on reciprocity with nature and people – as she says, “together we nurture our wild nature.” She believes true and lasting solutions to the environmental and climate change crisis must center around justice and amplifying voices from marginalized groups and communities. Currently, Aimee is the Southwest Regional Director for the American Bird Conservancy and directs partnerships, programs, and projects in the Southwest U.S. and Northern Mexico focused on conserving and restoring ecosystems for people and wildlife. Previously, Aimee served as the Coordinator for an international partnership, the Rio Grande Joint Venture, and prior to that worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for more than 15 years. Her work has emphasized conserving endangered species, migratory birds, and their habitats, while partnering with people and all our relations to ensure that native grasses grow and rivers continue to flow. Aimee is skilled in collaborative stakeholder engagement, integrating cultural values and ecological knowledge with science for meaningful decision making, and implementing shared strategies for conserving wildlife, water, and ecosystems. Aimee is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and also of Chickasaw descent. A lifelong student of Earth’s wisdom, she holds degrees in geology (B.A., Macalester College) and conservation biology (M.S., University of Minnesota). She and her husband, Rawles, enjoy growing Indigenous foods, such as Chikashsha tanchi homma (Chickasaw red corn) and isito (Choctaw sweet potato squash).