Karen Chapman

Great Lakes Regional Director

Areas of expertise: Land, Water & Wildlife Program, endangered species, environmental justice


Based in Ohio, Karen Chapman coordinates an on-the-ground outreach effort involving multiple partners and consultants for Environmental Defense Fund’s Western Lake Erie Basin project. The WLEB project promotes the use of farmland conservation tools that aim to improve water quality throughout the basin, particularly in the Tiffin and Blanchard watersheds of northwest Ohio.

She also serves in an advisory and technical support role to the Trans Pecos Water Trust, a locally-driven nonprofit Trust based in West Texas with a goal of restoring and enhancing instream flows in the desert Rio Grande from El Paso to Amistad Reservoir.


B.S., Communication, Miami University.

Assistant Director, Texas Center for Policy Studies (1998-2002); Sabal Palm Wildlife Sanctuary Outreach Coordinator/Manager, National Audubon Society (1991-1998); U.S. Peace Corps, Ecuador, Rural Youth Development Program (1989-1991).

Member, National Advisory Committee to the U.S. Representative to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (since 2004); Member, State Wildlife Team, Farm Services Agency Ohio; Member, State Technical Committee, Natural Resource Conservation Service Ohio.


Author, The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway from Corpus Christi to Brownsville: Little Value, Big Cost (Texas Center for Policy Studies, 2001); co-author, Our Common Future: The Binational Laguna Madre Region and Growth at Any Cost? Reconciling Economic Development Policy and Water Conservation in the Rio Grande Basin (TCPS, 2000).

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