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Matthew Shepherd

Director of Communications and Outreach
Matthew Shepherd - Xerces Society

Matthew has worked for the Xerces Society since 1999, initially at the vanguard of a new movement to protect pollinators, and subsequently on endangered species and a range of other projects. He has been editor of Wings Magazine since the fall 1999 issue, and in recent years his role shifted into communications full time as the Society grew.

Matthew’s conservation career began in England and took him to Kenya before his arrival in the United States. After completing a master's of science in land resource management, Matthew managed National Trust lands in Oxfordshire, established a successful community-based conservation program in Essex, and helped to create Samphire Hoe, an award-winning nature park at the foot of the White Cliffs of Dover. During a VSO placement in Kenya, he worked with local communities and government agencies to improve the management of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, on the coast north of Mombasa.

It was in Kenya that he met a Peace Corps volunteer⁠—who is now his wife and the reason he moved to Oregon. They and their two teenage children live on the west side of the Portland metro region. They enjoy reading, writing, playing music, sports, gardening, hiking, and kayaking.