Elizabeth Lowe

In August 1998, Lowe spearheaded the conception of the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks/The Wild Center. She led the initial broad-based public campaign to get the project underway, oversaw the recruitment of the Museum's Board of Trustees, designers and construction managers, and went on to lead the operations effort that resulted in the $25 million, 35,000-square-foot museum opening in July 2006. She was appointed managing director just prior to opening, and served in that role until 2007, when she became the director of Region 5 of New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

"One of my important contributions while working for DEC was to help lay historical groundwork in regional cooperation on open space planning issues through the Region 5 Open Space Conservation Advisory Committee," says Lowe. "The success of this 10-year process allowed a number of major open space initiatives to be carried out from that time period forward."

In other positions, Lowe worked on a variety of unit management plans for the Adirondack Forest Preserve; conducted citizen participation programs for the Inactive Hazardous Waste Sites Program; oversaw regional permitting, monitoring, and enforcement activities for the Mined Land Reclamation Program; and assisted with the development of the Generic Environmental Impact Statement for New York state's Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Program.

In addition to her M.R.P from AAP, Lowe holds a B.A. from Skidmore College.