About the Honoree
Executive Director, Delaware Wild Lands
Ms. Hackett has more than 20 years of leadership experience in land and water conservation and management. Her work in the environmental arena includes land acquisition, protection of water resources, public policy, government relations, fundraising, and constituency building. When Governor Carney was elected, he appointed her to serve on his Transition Team.
Throughout Ms. Hackett’s career, she has successfully implemented regional initiatives that improve the quality of natural resources and also protect the economic vitality of working landscapes. She has collaborated on these issues with a broad range of stakeholders, including: local residents; landowners; non-profits; advisory boards; local, regional, state, and Federal governments; and environmental organizations. Her geographic experience includes work in the Mid-Atlantic, northern front of the Rocky Mountains, Great Lakes region, Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, and northeastern Africa (Nairobi, Kenya, and Eritrea).
Prior to joining Delaware Wild Lands in 2011, Ms. Hackett worked for The Nature Conservancy, USDA Forest Service, the Eritrean Ministry of Water Works, and UNICEF. She holds two bachelors’ degrees from Yale University (BA in Political Science and BA in Environmental Studies) and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Ford School of Public Policy.
Ms. Hackett lives in Wilmington with her husband, Dr. Kent Messer, Professor of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Delaware, and their two daughters.