Kent H. Redford is the principal at Archipelago Consulting, established in 2011 and based in Portland, Maine. He was most recently Director of the WCS Institute and Vice President, Conservation Strategies at the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York.
Archipelago Consulting has worked with a variety of clients including the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Global Environment Facility, the US National Park Service and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Kent has led evaluations, been a team member on others, written commissioned papers and helped organize and run meetings. He has also initiated projects that were funded by others; the largest of which was a collaboration with Equilibrium Research to review the global status of private protected areas and make recommendations for their strengthening. This work culminated in an IUCN Technical Report Series publication and a set of workshops at the 2014 World Parks Congress. He also worked with Revive & Restore on a workshop to assess the possible application of genomic tools to wildlife conservation.
Kent lived and traveled in the Middle East and Far East as a youth and completed his Bachelors at the University of California, Santa Cruz and his Doctorate at Harvard University. He held post-doctoral fellowship and faculty appointments at the University of Florida, in the Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Working with colleagues he established and helped run interdisciplinary graduate programs in conservation and development for students from tropical countries.
In 1993 he left academia to join The Nature Conservancy where until 1997, he directed the Parks in Peril program and ran the conservation science department in the Latin American Division. At TNC he helped develop guidelines for ecoregion-based conservation in the US and abroad and was a member of the Conservation Committee that developed a conservation mission for the whole organization.
In 1997 he joined the Wildlife Conservation Society to work in the International Program on conservation strategy. He was then chosen to lead the WCS Institute, created to: 1) analyze conservation and academic trends that potentially challenge WCS’s mission or provide opportunities to further conservation effectiveness; and 2) to communicate strategically with significant stakeholders, including other conservation NGOs and the private sector. The Institute drew on WCS’s wide range of conservation issues, and disseminated WCS’s conservation work via papers and workshops, adding value to WCS’s discoveries and experience by sharing them with partner organizations, policy-makers, and the public.