Allison Whipple Rockefeller is deeply committed to the communication of American heritage, history, and values, being especially interested in the role of nature and our natural resources in shaping American history and the American character. She is the founder of National Audubon’s “Women In Conservation”, a program building a nationwide community of women in the environment sharing knowledge, fostering relationships, building political influence, celebrating achievements and assisting girls and young women to explore the world of conservation. Allison presides over the centerpiece of Audubon’s Women in Conservation, its prestigious Rachel Carson Award, one of the most coveted national awards for American women working in the environment.
Allison has been a lifelong conservationist with a deep-seated love for nature and the American landscape. Connecting all Americans, especially young people, to nature is a passion. Allison’s work has focused on parks and open space across the national, regional and community level. She served as the first alumna Board Chair of the Student Conservation Association which has placed over-75,000 student volunteers in America’s National Parks; has served under four governors as Commission Member for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; and is a longtime Board Member of the Central Park Conservancy’s Women’s Committee. Allison is also founder of Cornerstone Parks, the “Pumps-to- Parks Initiative,” a program designed to create a network of small parks and community centers from over 150,000 abandoned gas stations blighting towns across the United States.
Allison’s most recent work includes an effort to add information about our national parks and public lands to the U.S. citizenship exam, introducing new immigrants to American environmental stewardship; and co-authoring Ten Principles of Conservation, a campaign aimed to reduce severe public partisanship over the environment by emphasizing shared values.
Allison is also working on the Human Rights Symbols Campaign, an awareness campaign aimed at educating mainstream American citizens about the top ten global human rights issues. The Human Rights Handbook and its ten Human Rights Symbols intend to engage and mobilize young people to express global citizenship with human rights activism.
In March 2013, Allison Rockefeller served as keynote speaker at the White House Women In The Environment Summit hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency. Allison was the 2013 recipient of Audubon New York’s Thomas Keesee, Jr. Conservation Award and was honored as a 2012 Distinguished New Yorker by the Museum of the City of New York where she served as Trustee for 20 years.