Liz Madison

Liz is Co-founder and Director of the Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy

The Academy’s applied training and peer-learning programs feature the professional skills needed to facilitate and manage a complex network of partnerships, contractors, volunteers, and alliances to support the public/private stewardship of the nation's natural, cultural and recreational resources. 

Liz is the co-lead instructor and curriculum designer the Academy’s Managing by Network course. She serves as a subject matter expert in the areas of partnering, community collaboration, strategic thinking, partnership management, accountability, and philanthropy. As a trainer and SME, Liz designs and delivers workshops, in-classroom, live webinar and self-paced training. 

She has served as a guest instructor and/or curriculum design team member on behalf of the USFWS National Conservation Training Center, BLM National Training Center, BLM, Division of Education, Interpretation and Partnerships, DOI Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution (CADR), DOI University, Stephen T. Mather Training Center, NPS National Capital Region Training Center, George Washington University, Hampton University and The College of William and Mary. Conference and workshop instruction includes: National Heritage Areas NE Workshop, Land Trust Alliance National Rally, Public Lands Association and the National Association for Interpretation.

For over 30 years, Liz has worn many professional conservation hats with great success: national park ranger, chief development officer, member of conservation boards, consultant for nonprofit, profit and public agency management, capital campaigns, partnerships and public relations.

To the Academy she brings her experience from working with and on behalf of the Bureau of Land Management, DOI Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution (CADR), National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Boone and Crockett Club, The Conservation Fund,  Earth Share, Equestrian Land Conservation Resource, the Friends of the Elkhorn Ranch, Harpers Ferry Historical Association, Keystone Elk Country Alliance, Living Lands and Waters, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Museum of Forest Service History, National Forest Foundation, National Park Foundation, Natural Resources Council of America, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation,  and the University of Idaho.

She earned a B.A. with honors in History and Anthropology and M.A. in American Studies from The College of William and Mary.  She resides in Sterling, Virginia with her husband, Dwight and German Shepherd, Ranger.

Liz Madison

Co-Lead Instructor
Subject Matter Expert
Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy


703.450.7870 (VA)

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