Judith M. Francis, AICP, has been involved in land management activities in Florida, Colorado, and North Carolina as a landscape designer, planning director, and project manager. She currently serves as the Western Programs Coordinator for the North Carolina Department of the Environment and Natural Resources Office of Land & Water Stewardship. In that capacity, she leads statewide conservation planning efforts, assists local governments and private sector partners in achieving their conservation objectives through ecological and economic analysis, establishes new partnerships, and identifies funding opportunities. She also serves as a field officer for the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund, and represents the department on a number of regional boards and commissions and maintains partnerships with state and federal agency counterparts and related NGOs. Ms. Francis has B.A. and M.A. degrees from Colorado State University.