Sara Brodnax

Senior Manager, State Policy and Partnerships, Ecosystems


Areas of expertise:
environmental policy, partnership development, ecosystem services, environmental markets, working lands stewardship, wildlife conservation, endangered species

Sara Brodnax leads state policy and partnership development in EDF’s Ecosystems program. In her role, Sara works with on-the-ground partners and decision-makers to support the program to secure innovative environmental achievements for clean and abundant water, species, working lands and coastlines.

Sara has expertise in developing and implementing policies and partnerships that advance conservation and stewardship. Since joining EDF in 2012, she has focused on incentives and markets for conservation of America’s working farms, ranches and forestland, including farm bill, habitat exchanges, mitigation and offsets.


Sara has spent more than a decade specializing in policy and incentives for working lands stewardship, with an emphasis on conservation incentives and environmental markets.

Sara was formerly Director of Analysis at the Clark Group, an environmental consulting group (2005-2012). In her role, she analyzed policy and environmental implications to provide strategic advice for decision-making with a focus on agriculture and ecosystem services, greenhouse gas mitigation, sustainability and market-based incentives. She also worked at Weston Solutions as an environment, health and safety consultant to Nortel Networks, a telecommunications corporation.


Sara is a graduate of Duke University with a Masters in Environmental Management focused on conservation science and policy. She holds a B.A. degree in environmental studies from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.