Neil Kornze is the Chief Executive Officer of the Campion Advocacy Fund and Campion Foundation. In this role he oversees grantmaking, policy initiatives, and operations, working closely with the trustees and staff to protect America’s last wild places and combat homelessness in Washington and across the country.
Previously, Neil served in the Obama Administration as Director of the Bureau of Land Management from 2014 to 2017. In that role he oversaw the nation’s largest natural resources organization and had responsibility for more than ten percent of the land in the United States.
Under Neil’s leadership, the BLM protected iconic American landscapes like Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah and the San Juan Islands of Washington state. Kornze led major reforms of our nation’s energy programs, including halting massive federal coal sales and authorizing the largest wind and solar projects in North America.
Neil also worked as a Senior Advisor to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and later founded his own strategy firm that helped clients protect land, water and wildlife. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Politics from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and a master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics.