Introducing Isabel Adler, CSU’s New Public Lands Program Director


The Board of Directors of Conserve Southwest Utah is very pleased to announce that Isabel Adler will join CSU as Public Lands Program Director on July 19. We feel very lucky that Isabel discovered our postings for this position and decided to join our team.

The CSU Board spent a month narrowing the applicants to two well qualified candidates which included Isabel. CSU Board members were impressed by not only Isabel’s strong resume but also her ability to communicate her experience and qualifications in a manner that was clear, confident, and compelling. Her excitement about the possibility of filling this position was evident throughout the interview and later discussions about taking the position.

Isabel is a new graduate from Colby College, Waterville Maine with a BA degree in government and environmental affairs. Colby College is one of the top ranked small liberal arts colleges in the US. While at Colby Isabel won the Forrest Goodwin Public Speaking Prize and the Colby College Business Pitch Competition Grand Prize of $16,000 in seed funding for her women’s outdoor clothing company, Ruggette Public Benefit Corporation. (See her pitch here.)

After completing a formative NOLS course in Southern Utah prior to college, Isabel dedicated her academic career to studying environmental advocacy in order to return to Utah to advocate for the landscapes and people that make this environment so spectacular. Isabel wisely used extracurricular volunteer and internship opportunities to develop a strong resume that is a great fit for our requirements. A summary of her excellent experience and qualification is presented at the end of this Bulletin.

We are very excited about bringing Isabel onto our team and Isabel is ready to take on the challenge. To quote her acceptance letter: “I’m in! I am so excited to formally accept the position of Public Lands Director with CSU. I can’t wait to contribute to the incredible work CSU has already accomplished in the region.”

We know that when you meet Isabel, either in person or through her work with CSU, you will share our enthusiasm and be energized by hers.

Welcome Isabel!


Summary of Isabel Adler’s Experience

  • Utah Diné Bikéyah –  Community Resiliency Intern: Gained cultural knowledge of indigenous communities in Utah and Colorado Plateau; worked with diverse stakeholders in Utah including legislative bodies, Diné communities, and the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts; worked with the Town Council of Bluff to jointly acquire property to create a Native arts space for indigenous artists.
  • Oak Institute for Human Rights, Waterville, Maine: Developed the Institute’s advocacy strategy; organized and managed a team of fifteen human rights activists; organized letter-writing campaigns to representatives, community outreach film screenings, produced educational materials such as zines and social media infographics, recruited volunteers, and organized in-person advocacy events.
  • Environmental Advisory Group to Colby College: Analysis and recommendations to College leaders on green energy sources, carbon offset programs; made recommendations for 2020 offsets and investment policies.
  • Ruggette Corporation, Public Benefit Corporation – CEO and Co-Founder: Ruggette is an all-woman’s outdoor gear company dedicated to promoting gender equity, inclusivity, and environmentalism in the outdoors through producing environmentally responsible gear.
  • Contributing Writer to the Colby College Echo