Anne S. Fege, Ph.D. is co-founder and currently Board Secretary of San Diego Children and Nature. She has worked with many educators and organizations to enhance local resources for children to learn in nature and play outdoors, apply nature-based learning in new science standards, offer professional learning workshops, organize networking events, write proposals and manage funded projects, and provide administrative support.
Anne chairs the mayor-appointed Community Forest Advisory Board for the City of San Diego, providing leadership to reestablish the urban forestry program, increase funding and staffing, prepare Urban Forest Management Action Plan, secure state grants, and advocate for tree watering education to reduce tree losses during drought. She serves on the Executive committee of San Diego Regional Urban Forests Council.
Anne owns Business and Ecology Consulting, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biology at San Diego State University. She is a member of the San Diego Women’s Foundation, has served on the Board of San Diego Science Alliance, coordinates the San Diego Partners for Biodiversity (monthly presentations on local conservation issues), and was a co-leader of the San Diego Fire Recovery Network (after the 2003 and 2007 wildfires).
In her career with the USDA Forest Service, Anne was the first woman in a research administration position and among the first ten women forest supervisors appointed nationally. Anne served as Forest Supervisor of the Cleveland National Forest, managing 460,000 acres in Orange, Riverside and San Diego Counties and 300 employees, 1991-2004; National Program Manager for Wilderness Management, 1998-1991; and Assistant Director for Planning and Applications, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, and national Staff Research Tree Physiologist, 1983-1998. Anne also worked as program manager for wood energy research, US Department of Energy, 1975-1979.
Anne is being recognized as one of the Cool Women 2016 by the Girl Scouts of San Diego-Imperial Council for her advocacy for local nature and for children’s outdoor experiences, and her distinguished and accomplished career in natural resources. She assists with local outdoor programs as a volunteer; has been a Cadette (middle school) leader in Maryland, Minnesota, and Virginia; and led international trips to a Jamboree in Luxembourg in 1982 and World Camp in England in 1999. Anne’s lifelong outdoor pursuits include bicycle touring in 20 states and 5 countries with her husband Dave, bicycling from Seattle to Boston in 2014, backpacking, and swimming.
Anne was recognized as Volunteer of the Year in 2012 by the California Urban Forests Council, Innovative Partner in 2011 by the San Diego Science Alliance; and “Difference Maker” in 2009 by San Diego Audubon Society. Her projects and efforts led to a Western Museum Association award in 2006 for Earth, Wind & WILDFIRE exhibition at the San Diego Natural History Museum; the National Golden Smokey Award in 2001 for Border Area Fire Council; and USDA Forest Service Chief’s Recognition in 1996 for interagency leadership for Girl Scout programs.
Anne’s education includes an M.B.A. from San Diego State University; Ph.D., Plant Physiology from College of Forestry, University of Minnesota; Masters in Forest Science from Yale University; and B.A. Biology from Kalamazoo College, cum laude, with semester at Erlangen Universitat, Germany.