Lisa Van Alstyne

Lisa is a Fish & Wildlife Administrator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR). She is WSFR’s Policy Team Lead stationed out of Headquarters in Virginia. WSFR administers policy and program implementation for Federal financial assistance awards totaling over $1.3 billion annually. 

Developing and managing policy for the multiple programs that WSFR administers calls for engagement with an array of internal and external partners: Service Regional offices, the Department of the Interior, Congress, grant recipients, States, other Service programs, other Federal agencies, NGOs, special interest groups, sportsmen and sportswomen, industry, and the public. The current WSFR policy opportunity is related to the passage of two new laws, in May and December 2019, that amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to greatly adjust eligible activities, funding mechanisms, and administering the program. The vast effect of these laws will require updating the governing regulations, Service Manual Chapters, and much of WSFR’s guidance, to ensure they align with the law.   

Lisa spent most of her life in Upstate New York, growing up in a small community on the banks of the Hudson River. She has an A.S. from Hudson Valley Community College in Environmental Science and a B.S. in Environmental Affairs from the College of St. Rose. Prior to joining the USFWS, she worked for the New York State Environmental Facilities Corp. and the New York State Department of Health. In these capacities she managed programs to deliver education, conservation funding and support, and public health initiatives, working with government agencies on all levels, from small municipalities to Federal; industry associations; businesses; special interest groups; outdoor recreation enthusiasts; and the public.

Lisa has organized multiple events over the years to get her co-workers and the local community involved in activities focused on environmental health. (Favorite holiday – Earth Day!) She is a proud to be a member of the Service’s Barrier Analysis Team, striving to improve diversity and inclusion in the Service’s workforce and culture. 

In 2018, Lisa completed Managing by Network and presented a case study on  WSFR , earning a certificate with honors. She is also a 2019 graduate of CLM 8124: Collaborative Conservation: Partnerships in Practice, an advanced-level course that builds on the foundational skills taught in Managing by Network. 

Lisa lives in Lovettsville, VA with her Australian Shepherd puppy Daisy…..and, oh yes, her young adult son and daughter. She enjoys hiking, yoga, gardening, writing, and being Grammy to two young grandsons (one born Christmas Eve)!  

Lisa E. Van Alstyne

Fish & Wildlife Administrator - Policy
Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

Managing by Network Class of 2018

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