Who We Are

WildFutures is directed by Sharon Negri.

Sharon’s passion for wildlife and wild places has guided her work for the last 29 years. A wildlife and organizational consultant, Sharon works with wildlife agencies, conservation and animal organizations, biologists, and others to find innovative solutions to large carnivore issues. Sharon served as co-director of the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project (now called Western Wildlife Outreach) from 2009-2011 and in 2012 as project advisor.

As founding director of WildFutures, a project of Earth Island Institute, Sharon recently produced, The Secret Life oF Mountain Lions, a 6 minute video that has reached thousands of new viewers on the importance of the species’ social bonds to securing their future protection. Sharon co-edited, Cougar Ecology and Conservation, with Maurice Hornocker; co-produced On Nature’s Terms, a short film with leading filmmaker John de Graaf; and, produced the Cougar Management Guidelines, to improve how we research and manage cougar populations. For a list of WildFutures’ accommplishments click here.

Sharon has worked with both natural resource governmental and non-governmental organization since 1981. She worked as the legislative director for the California Coastal Conservancy and the Planning and Conservation League, and worked in various capacities for General Services, California Department of Water Resources, and Sacramento Regional Transit.

She co-founded the Mountain Lion Foundation in 1986 and served as its director until 1990. She also co-founded the Wild Felid Research and Management Association in 2007 and serves as a board member. Sharon has a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Planning and a consulting business providing a wide range of organizational and program planning services, including coaching to support people in reaching their personal and professional goals.