Jan. 3, 2023

Ep. 64 Helping Humans & Nature Prosper Together: An Interview with Anne Middleton of ECOLIFE Conservation

Ep. 64 Helping Humans & Nature Prosper Together: An Interview with Anne Middleton of ECOLIFE Conservation

ECOLIFE Conservation’s mission is to take a humanitarian approach to conservation, so environments, ecosystems and civilization can coexist and thrive together.


ECOLIFE Conservation’s mission is to take a humanitarian approach to conservation, so environments, ecosystems and civilization can coexist and thrive together.

In conservation, the old way of thinking used to say, “to protect nature, get the people out”. Well, that’s no longer a reality, because there are no fully natural environments left. So, what to do? ECOLIFE Conservation is at the forefront of helping people understand the issues that affect us all and our futures as citizens of the planet. 

In this scintillating interview with Executive Director Anne Middleton, you’ll hear how ECOLIFE helps companies not only follow environmental guidelines but also be forward thinking. You’ll learn about ECOLIFE’s “stove program” that helps people cook inside using wood, but do so more safely, more cleanly and with less fuel wood. You’ll also hear about their “sustainable agriculture program” that uses aquaponics and helps people feed themselves more efficiently. This and so much more – it’s more than an interview, it’s an education. 

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Anne Middleton

Executive Director

Anne Middleton joined the ECOLIFE team as Director of Operations in August, 2017, and now serves as the Executive Director.

Originally from Montana, Anne moved to San Diego in 2014 from Cameroon, after having finished a contract with Taylor Guitars on legal and sustainable ebony wood procurement for guitar manufacturing. In Cameroon, she managed multiple projects including supply chain transparency, raw materials supply, and community, public and governmental relations at local and international levels. In San Diego, she was also employed by Sustainability Matters, a local greenbuild firm, and the San Diego County Water Authority.

Prior to her tenure in Cameroon, she worked for a non-profit organization in Washington DC, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), whose focus is to investigate international wildlife crime and lobby for legislative solutions. EIA’s investigations in Madagascar led to the first criminal case for the amended U.S. Lacey Act, a ban on trade in illegal wood.

Anne has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Oberlin College and a master’s degree of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara. Having non-profit, public, and private sector experience, Anne brings a unique set of skills to the team at ECOLIFE. In her time not at work, she enjoys making cakes, taking her dog to the beach, winning at board games, and singing in her band.