Our Team

Ruth Musgrave

Conservation Senior Advisor

Area of Focus

Wildlife, Land


Olympia, Washington



Ruth Musgrave has worked in wildlife and conservation policy for over 30 years. She founded and directed the Center for Wildlife Law at the Institute of Public Law, University of New Mexico School of Law for 21 years, where she managed numerous wildlife and biodiversity projects, including publishing state and federal wildlife laws compendiums and two wildlife law newsletters. She taught wildlife law, biodiversity and the law, and advocacy at the UNM School of Law.

Ruth holds a J.D. from UNM School of Law and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from The Colorado College. Before devoting her time to conservation policy, she was a law clerk to the Chief Judge of the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals; an Assistant U.S. Attorney; General Counsel of the New Mexico Medical Society; and worked in private law practice. Ruth serves on boards of directors or advisory boards of several national wildlife organizations, and manages a charitable foundation for wildlife and domestic animals. In her free time she hikes, tracks, travels, rafts and snowshoes with her family, always watching for wildlife and enjoying nature.