Jeff Mittelstadt is the founder and president of WildSides. He spoke with Dean Susan King in the latest Start Here / Never Stop Podcast episode on his journey confronting wildlife conflict issues through documentary filmmaking.
His goal is to use his background in policy, economics, business, higher education and documentary journalism to cover human-wildlife conflict issues like they've never been covered before.
He earned a master's degree at the UNC School of Media and Journalism in 2012, where he was a Roy H. Park Fellow. Mittelstadt worked on the 2011 Powering a Nation team to create the award-winning documentary, Coal: A Love Story. He is currently working on a documentary on the red wolf population in the southeastern United States.
Before attending the MJ-school, Mittelstadt was Davidson College's first director of sustainability. He worked for the U.S. EPA's Office of Inspector General in Research Triangle Park evaluating national air quality programs. He was vice president and senior analyst at Bank of America, working on green building, sustainable purchasing, green cleaning, renewable energy and more. Mittelstadt designed, implemented and managed a national sustainable manufacturing initiative for a D.C. nonprofit, the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing. The U.S. Department of Commerce appointed him to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Advisory Expert Group on Sustainable Manufacturing and Eco-Innovation.
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