Ame Hellman

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Vice President of Philanthropy



Ame Hellman is the Vice President of Philanthropy at The Wilderness Society. An attorney by training, Ame has worked in the field of conservation for over 20 years beginning in 1995 where she was an attorney and Vice President at The American Land Conservancy, based in San Francisco, CA.  There she worked on land conservation projects across Nevada, California, Alaska and Wisconsin. She led the acquisition of the Dreyfus Estate on Lake Tahoe, the largest and most expensive parcel ever acquired by the Forest Service with over a mile of lakeshore, now open to the public.

In 2000, Ame joined The Nature Conservancy as the Nevada State Director and served in that role for five years, transforming a chapter of less than 6 staff to one of 24 when she left five years later. Then came a move east and new adventure in global conservation at the World Wildlife Fund. At WWF she served as Director of Principal Gifts and then Managing Director for North American Strategic Initiatives, focused on the Bering Sea, Arctic and Northern Great Plains programs. Throughout her career, she has led large scale fundraising efforts, primarily in the Major and Principal gifts arena.

Ame earned a B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder in English literature and a J.D. from the University of Denver, College of Law.  In her spare time she enjoys riding and competing in Dressage, as well as hiking and skiing. She and her husband Doug live in the Keswick Hunt Country north of Charlottesville on their farm with her two dressage horses, two miniature donkeys, dog and a transient herd of Black Angus cattle.  She splits her time between the farm and her home in DC close to TWS’ office.