Illinois Conservation Foundation Names New Executive Director

Rachel Torbert
Illinois Conservation Foundation Names New Executive Director
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF) named Crystal Curfman as its new executive director, tapping her to lead the organization in its outreach and fundraising efforts.

Curfman previously served as a managing partner of Curfman Group, a real estate and executive search advisory and consulting company. Curfman said she’s looking forward to working with the foundation and its supporters.

“I grew up hunting and fishing, which evolved into volunteering and working with conservation and outdoor organizations,” Curfman said. “That’s why I’m so excited to work with the Illinois Conservation Foundation. It’s an excellent opportunity to give back to the state of Illinois and prepare the next generation to be good stewards of the land.”

In her work with the Curfman Group, Curfman assisted search firms and businesses with senior management-level recruitment across a wide variety of industries.

Curfman, who also has led recruiting efforts for financial companies, said engaging both youth and the state’s current outdoor enthusiasts will be important in maintaining and growing the foundation.

“I’m anxious to continue to create and build on what the ICF provides,” Curfman said. “Getting more youth and outdoor enthusiasts involved will be paramount as we work to elevate the brand and image of the organization. More than that, increased involvement will not only expand the reach of the foundation, it will help us create new initiatives and conservationists – a top priority of the foundation.”

Curfman holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She currently serves as a committee member of the Chicago Downtown Chapter of Ducks Unlimited and is a member of Pheasants Forever and the Ruffed Grouse Society.

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