Jen Kretser is the director of programs and the Youth Climate Initiative for The Wild Center, a science center in the Adirondack Park in northern New York State.

Kretser manages The Wild Center’s climate change engagement programs including the Youth Climate Program, which was highlighted by the former White House Office of Science and Technology; interpretive programs for visitors; green building education and design; and the farmers market and other climate related initiatives and partnerships.

In December, she represented The Wild Center and the Association of Science Technology Centers (ASTC) at the UN COP 21 climate talks in Paris and is working to help seed youth climate summits around the world.

Kretser is an active member of the Climate Reality Project and has been involved in Climate Literacy Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) for three years, serving on the national CLEAN board for two years.

Regionally, she serves on the Adirondack Diversity Initiative, Adirondack Farm to School and BluSeed Studios board.