The Palisades Parks Conservancy is excited to announce that Heather Loebner has been appointed as its first Executive Director. Heather will lead fundraising, education, and program efforts while expanding the organization’s role as non-profit partner to the Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC). The Conservancy works throughout the PIPC’s 29 parks and historic sites in NY and NJ, raising funds to improve public recreation infrastructure, protect wildlife habitat, provide environmental education, and preserve historic resources. Past Conservancy-supported project include renovating the Bear Mountain Inn, restoring the Appalachian Trail and Minnewaska’s carriage roads, improving the Harriman Park Group Camps, building new animal habitats at Trailside Zoo, and more.
The Palisades Parks Conservancy Board President Josh Hyman stated, “We are pleased to welcome Heather in this important role, leading a strategic planning process that will affirm our success in supporting the Interstate Commission and conserve the Palisades Parks’ amazing natural resources and historic sites for years to come.”
Loebner formerly led philanthropy and sustainability, Americas, and served as Executive Director, USA Foundation, ArcelorMittal. She also developed the Chi-Cal River Fund, a bi-state coalition that identified ecological priorities, increased public access, and furthered water quality goals. Prior to ArcelorMittal, Loebner managed philanthropy for HSBC, where she led environmental grantmaking, education, housing and financial access programs.
Heather has led projects and initiatives for clients ranging from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to the JPB Foundation, NYC Audubon, the National Fish and Wildlife, and the Chicago Community Trust. As a council member of the National Park Conservation Association (NPCA), she guided the establishment of Chicago’s first national park, Pullman National Monument. Loebner is a board member of Wild Tomorrow Fund, a steering committee member of Aspiration to Action (A2A), and a volunteer with New York City Audubon and the ASPCA. She graduated with her Masters, Political Science, University of Illinois and Bachelors, Business, St. Louis University.