Jay Ziegler is the director of external affairs and policy at the Nature Conservancy. He oversees the California chapter’s engagements at the federal, state, and regional levels. In this capacity, he directs Conservancy strategies on public policy and funding issues, legislation, partnership efforts, and campaigns. Prior to joining the Conservancy, he was founder and principal of Ziegler Associates, a multi-disciplinary public affairs firm focused on environmental and land use issues. He has also served in communications, policy and advocacy roles in government―including with then-Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt―with a focus on endangered species, public lands, water, and natural resource management issues across the West. In addition to serving on the PPIC Water Policy Center Advisory Council, he serves on the boards of several non-profit conservation organizations. He holds a BA in political science–public service from the University of California, Davis.