SCA names Jaime Berman Matyas New President and CEO

SCA Board Chairman Steve Seward today announced that Jaime Berman Matyas has been named president and chief executive officer. Matyas, formerly EVP and COO of the National Wildlife Federation, will succeed the retiring Dale Penny on September 2. At the National Wildlife Federation, Matyas set organizational strategy, built new constituencies and managed day-to-day operations. She creatively advanced the organization’s mission – and her own personal passion – to protect wildlife by connecting young people with nature.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Jaime to SCA,” said Steve Seward, Chair of SCA Board of Directors. “She’s a perfect fit. With her spirit of innovation and commitment to diversity, we know she will take SCA’s nationwide student programming to new heights as we continue nurturing the next generation of conservation leaders.”

During her 20+ years with the National Wildlife Federation, Matyas rose through a variety of senior roles before assuming operational management responsibilities in 2005. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School’s Executive Education Program and is a certified Black Belt in Innovation Engineering.

“I’m inspired by SCA’s national presence, interest to pursue new partnerships and track record of leadership development,” said Matyas. “I’m honored to lead an organization so uniquely positioned to meet the needs of young conservation leaders and represent the rich diversity of our nation’s youth.”

For more on our incoming CEO, read the official announcement and the interview below. Meanwhile, please join us in welcoming Jaime Matyas to SCA.

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.