Kurt Beardslee is a co-founder of the Wild Fish Conservancy and served as the organization’s Executive Director for over 30 years. In May of 2022, Kurt moved to a new position as Director of Special Projects. In this new role, Kurt will continue to serve as a leader on a number of WFC's priority science, education, and advocacy initiatives. Over the years he has enjoyed working with staff on a variety of wild fish issues, from Central California to Northern Alaska. Previously Kurt worked as an art director in an advertising agency producing educational films for the National Science Foundation.
A lifelong Washingtonian, Kurt enjoys boating, fishing and exploring the remote coastal fjords of northern Canada with his wife Candy and his dogs Wally and Fred.