.John F. Calvelli is the Executive Vice President for the Public Affairs Division of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), where he oversees the organization’s Government and Community Affairs, Policy, Communications, and Digital Program efforts. Prior to joining WCS in 2000, Calvelli served as the senior staff person to Rep. Eliot Engel (D-Bronx) in Washington, D.C. As Administrative Assistant/Counsel, he had oversight responsibility for Congressional administrative office functions and oversaw, directed, and supervised all legislative initiatives of Rep. Engel during his tenure on the House Energy and Commerce, Foreign Affairs, Science and Education, and Labor Committees. Prior to his work in Washington, John was chosen to participate in a clinical program with the Civil Division of the Office of then-U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani and subsequently served as Associate Counsel to the New York State Assembly. He helped found and currently Chairs the Executive Committee of the International Conservation Partnership (ICP), comprised of senior public affairs representatives from the major global U.S. conservation organizations. Calvelli is also a member of the New York State Environmental Leaders Group. He graduated from Fordham University and earned a law degree from Fordham Law School. He is married to Maria DiMeo Calvelli and they have a fourteen year old son, John Domenico.

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