Regional Education Manager-Great Lakes Regional Center; National Wildlife Federation
Manja Holland, PhD, is the Regional Education Manager for the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Regional Center. Manja is working to build and advance conservation, pollinator and education programs in the region, with a focus on NWF’s Garden for Wildlife, Community Wildlife Habitats and EcoSchools programs. Manja came to NWF in 2016 from the University of Michigan (U-M), where she was a postdoctoral fellow/assistant professor with the Michigan Society of Fellows. As a Michigan Fellow, she proposed and co-chaired the Winter 2011 Theme Semester on Water for the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. The Water Semester included 75 courses and 100 campus events involving 60 campus units, 12 community partners, and over 15,000 attendees. She then served for several years as Research Programs Officer for the U-M Graham Sustainability Institute where she worked on a variety of research and educational programs, including the establishment of the U-M Water Center. During this time she was also a lecturer for the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Most recently, Manja served as a general advisor for undergraduate students at the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Newnan Academic Advising Center. Manja earned a B.S. in Biology from Carleton College, an M.S. in Environmental Toxicology from Cornell University, and a PhD in Ecology from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.