Protecting and caring for environmentally
significant land and water in Waukesha County for future generations.
Meet Justine Ghai, WCLC’s new Education and Outreach Manager
pleased to announce that Justine Ghai has joined the WCLC team as our
education and outreach manager. Justine will lead our new Community
Conservation Partnership program,dramatically increasing our
engagement so that we can better care for our region’s oak ecosystems, ,
reach more citizens from underserved communities, and provide nature
access for all. She will also help us build an alliance of conservation
and environmental education organizations to mitigate duplicate efforts.
addition to working as a zookeeper in animal husbandry and conservation
education, Justine led the volunteer program for San Diego Humane
Society’s “Project Wildlife” initiative for the past six years. This
program boasts 350 active volunteers who donate over 70,000 hours of
service each year. In this position, she designed a successful volunteer
training program for more than 20 different volunteer roles and an
engaging extended learning series with 16 classes per year led by
conservation industry professionals.
love for land conservation has been with her since she was a child, but
it grew while she was doing graduate fieldwork in Namibia, Africa in
2016. She worked closely with the Cheetah Conservation Fund to engage
local landowners to conserve the cheetah (and other top predators) while
still maintaining their property and cattle. She helped landowners see
the importance of the cheetah in their landscape and worked with them to
implement long-term conservation tools and ongoing relationships.
grew up in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has
since spent five years in Asheville, North Carolina and seven years in
San Diego, California. Justine and her husband, Puneet, moved to
Milwaukee in January for Puneet's job at Froedtert Health and so that
Justine could continue her career in the field of conservation. They
currently live in Whitefish Bay with their dog, Clementine, and two
cats, Nesta and Zinnia. On the weekends, you can find them exploring
local restaurants and farmers markets or in the forest somewhere.
has a bachelor’s of science in ecology and environmental biology from
The University of North Carolina and a master’s of arts in biology with a
focus on community-based conservation from Miami University. We
couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Justine to the WCLC family and see
her exceptional talents and experience in action.