NESARC Appoints Jordan Smith as New Executive Director

6 December 2016

(WASHINGTON, DC) — The National Endangered Species Act Reform Coalition (NESARC) is pleased to announce that Jordan Smith has been appointed Executive Director of the Coalition. Mr. Smith replaces Nancy Macan McNally, who served as NESARC’s Executive Director since the Coalition’s establishment in 1991.

Commenting on Mr. Smith’s transition to Executive Director, Ms. McNally said, “I am delighted that the NESARC Board of Directors has recognized Jordan’s countless contributions to the Coalition and named him Executive Director. The extraordinary strategic, communication, advocacy and organizational skills that Jordan possesses will serve the Coalition well at this time of tremendous public policy opportunity. Jordan is a tireless advocate for the Coalition’s policy agenda.”

Mr. Smith, who has been with the Coalition since 2001, said: “I am grateful to the NESARC Board of Directors for choosing me to lead the Coalition during this important period of opportunity for Endangered Species Act policy. I hope to continue to strengthen the effective organization that, under Nancy’s leadership, has become a nationally renowned Coalition focused on improving and updating the ESA. As we look forward to a new Congress and Administration, I am excited to get to work on behalf of all of NESARC’s members to pursue our ambitious agenda.”

NESARC’s leadership has extended enthusiastic support of Mr. Smith as Executive Director. “Jordan has proven to be an exceptional leader and strong advocate for NESARC,” said Coalition Chairman Ryan Yates. “We are excited to have him in this leadership role and look forward to working with him to successfully promote critical reforms to the Endangered Species Act.”

A Senior Director of Governmental Issues at Van Ness Feldman LLP, Mr. Smith has served in various capacities on the NESARC staff. He has been NESARC’s Associate Director since 2008. His representation of NESARC has included managing all of the Coalition’s day to day operations, congressional and administrative lobbying, public outreach, media relations, and membership development and services.