Statement from SCA Founding President Liz Putnam


Jaime Berman Matyas is an accomplished and devoted leader in the conservation field and I am delighted to welcome her to SCA. Jaime is a proven innovator with a brilliant mind and the innate ability to bring the right parties together to accomplish common objectives. Teamwork and diversity have been such crucial factors in SCA’s prosperity, and it’s good to know that Jaime also shares that spirit of collaboration and partnership.

As the woman whose thesis would launch SCA 57 years ago, it is so rewarding to see Jaime moving into this executive position. SCA has long been committed to creating a more inclusive conservation community, and Jaime’s appointment is an important step forward in that ongoing quest.

Finally, I will be forever grateful to Dale Penny, whose caring presence and uniquely humane leadership led SCA to unprecedented accomplishments while maintaining the values that make SCA such a special organization.

Student Conservation Association