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Steve Ertel

Vice President, Strategic Communications

Steve Ertel

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Steve Ertel leads media relations and external affairs at World Wildlife Fund. His team works to elevate awareness of nature’s value to people, business and government and advocate for specific solutions at all levels to reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth.

During his time at WWF, Steve has been involved in efforts to tackle some of the biggest problems facing the planet, from climate change and resource scarcity to illegal wildlife trade and habitat destruction. Utilizing communication strategies to protect nature has been a lifelong passion and the focus of Steve’s career. Prior to joining WWF, he served in senior roles with The Nature Conservancy and the Environmental Defense Fund and also helped form a sustainability focus at his first job with a communications agency in the private sector. Ertel is a 2016 recipient of PRWEEK's 40 Under 40 award.

Steve earned a B.A. in communication with a specialization in human ecology from Rutgers University and completed the University’s certificate in social strategies for environmental protection.

“There are moments in conservation when extraordinary things happen, when people come together to achieve the unexpected. And that’s what keeps us all going.”

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Learn how Apple and WWF teamed up for Earth Day 2016 at an event featuring WWF program officer Nilanga Jayasinghe and moderator Steve Ertel.

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  • B.A. in communication with a specialization in human ecology, Rutgers University
  • Certificate in social strategies for environmental protection, Rutgers University

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategic communications and advocacy
  • Environmental and conservation issues
  • Public relations
  • Crisis communications