ApEc Alumni Shefali Mehta Named Vice Chair of Pheasants Forever National Board

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Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever announce Tim Kessler, 58, and Shefali Mehta, 35, as elected chairman and vice chair of the organization’s National Board of Directors. A lifelong outdoorsman and passionate conservationist from South Dakota, Kessler has served as a Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever national board member since 2010 and succeeds chairman John Gottschalk of Nebraska. Mehta, an avid conservationist, becomes the first female and youngest vice chair in the organization’s 33-year history.

“Our organization is fortunate to have Tim Kessler and Shefali Mehta to help guide the wildlife habitat conservation efforts of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever,” stated Howard K. Vincent, president and CEO of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. “Each individual showcases a distinguished and diverse record in the field of conservation – important attributes for 21st century leadership in the protection of pheasants, quail, and other wildlife.”

Shefali Mehta, Breaking Stereotypes to Expand our Influence

Shefali Mehta has worked on wildlife conservation and hunting efforts in the United States and Africa, and has done wildlife research on behalf of the U.S. Forest Service while receiving her PhD in Agricultural and Environmental Economics. Complimenting her passion for conservation, Mehta brings leadership skills gained during her tenure at McKinsey & Company, an international consulting firm that serves leading businesses and non-governmental organizations. She applies her knowledge in strategic planning and implementation by volunteering her time as an advisor for the organization’s entire leadership team. 

“If Tim represents our core membership over the last three decades, then Shefali represents the expansion of our organization to include a growing population who are hungry for our habitat results,” explained Vincent.  “She embodies a new generation of Americans who value our pheasant and quail habitat mission for the host of environmental benefits they provide in water quality, pollinators, soils, and getting youngsters outdoors. Shefali and thousands like her are expanding the size of the conservation tent by embracing wild foods and becoming ‘adult onset hunters.”

“I fell in love with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever for many reasons,” explained Mehta.  “The passion of the employee team for the mission is authentic and the enthusiasm of our chapter volunteer members is contagious.  My husband, David, and I may not have arrived at Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever in typical fashion, but we are happy we found this incredible organization.  It has changed our lives and outlook.  Habitat acres are disappearing by the millions to the detriment of our wildlife, waters, and youth.  I’m honored and very passionate that I get a chance to change this trend by working side by side with so many throughout this great organization. 

Mehta has served on Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s National Board of Directors since 2012.  She makes her home in Washington D.C. with her husband David.  She works as a research and development strategy manager for Syngenta.