Backgrounds of Mark A. Benedict and Edward T. McMahon
Mark A. Benedict - Mark Benedict is director of the Conservation Leadership Network for The Conservation Fund and Liaison to Non-Governmental Organizations at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Dr. Benedict is a scientist with over 20 years experience in natural resources management and planning. His previous positions include: research scientist at the University of Florida, executive director of the Florida Greenways Commission, director of the Florida Greenways program of One Thousand Friends of Florida and The Conservation Fund, environmental protection director for The Conservancy, Inc. in Naples, Florida, and visiting assistant professor at the University of Florida. Dr. Benedict has a B.S. from Duke University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in botany/plant ecology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Edward T. McMahon - Ed McMahon is vice president and director of Land Use Programs at The Conservation Fund. He is also the co-founder and former president of Scenic America, a national non-profit organization devoted to protecting America's scenic landscapes. In 1990, he served as visiting scholar at the Environmental Law Institute and was named a fellow in residence by the Kellog Foundation in 1996. Mr. McMahon has appeared on numerous national news programs and is a recipient of the Chevron Conservation Award and other honors. A resident of Takoma Park, Maryland, he currently serves on numerous advisory boards and commissions including the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Maryland Greenways Commission. Mr. McMahon has an M.A. in urban studies from the University of Alabama and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law School.