The friendly SCWF staff encourages contact with its donors. The SCWF may be small, but the staff work hard together and make a great team. They are very passionate about what they do and hope that same passion will rub off on all of SCWF’s supporters.
Ben Gregg, Executive Director
Ben received his Master of Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale University, his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina Law School, and his Bachelor of History from Presbyterian College. He has been a staff member of the SC Coastal Council, the Director of the Natural Resources Division under Governor Dick Riley and a lawyer in a private practice. He has also been the South Carolina Manager and Director of Governmental Communications for Carolina Public Relations/Marketing, Inc. and an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Policy at Brevard College, Furman University and University of South Carolina Honors College. Outdoor activities that he enjoys in his free time are fishing, birding, baseball and bicycling.
Sara Green, Director of Education
Sara received her Bachelor of Science in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina. She started working at SCWF in 1997 as the Administrative Assistant. In 1998, she worked for USCB's Pritchards Island on a Loggerhead Sea Turtle Conservation Project. She then returned to SCWF upon graduation in 1999 and started full-time as the Director of Education. Sara coordinates the Midlands Master Naturalist class, Palmetto Pro Birder program, Women’s Outdoor Retreat, and other education programs and events. Some outdoor activities that she enjoys in her free time are gardening, hiking, camping, kayaking, swimming, beach-combing, and playing outside with her family and dogs.
Kristin Loughlin, Development & Events Manager
Kristin recently graduated from Columbia College SC, receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Writing for Print and Digital Media. During undergrad, she had the opportunity to intern at Sustainable Midlands, a Columbia based environmental non-profit organization, where she worked to fine tune her communication skills and assisted in planning the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival and the Sustainable Holiday Celebration. Her passion for the environment and conservation make her feel right at home as a part of the SCWF team. Kristin is responsible for developing and coordinating SCWF's fund-raising efforts through cultivation and solicitation of individuals, businesses, industries, and foundations. In her free time, Kristin is an avid runner, participating in multiple races each month. She also enjoys hiking, cooking, and exploring Columbia with her fiancé and their rescue pups, Ellie and Frankie.
Jay Keck, Habitat Education Manager
Growing up on Lake Murray, Jay has always enjoyed wildlife and the outdoors. After graduating from the College of Charleston in 2000 he worked in the private sector but always maintained a connection to the outdoors. His life took an unexpected turn in the summer of 2012 when he saw a Baltimore oriole for the first time. Since then, he spends most of his free time birding, learning about birds, and studying their various habitat needs. During the spring of 2014, he attended his first SCWF event. Being inspired by SCWF's mission, he earned his Palmetto Pro Birder certification, and has led bird walks for SCWF as well as Saluda Shoals park, Columbia Audubon, and private organizations. Even when he is golfing, hunting, or fishing, he is secretly birding. At SCWF, Jay coordinates the Gardening for Wildlife programs and the Wildlife And Industry Together (WAIT) program as well as leading birding classes for the Palmetto Pro Birder & Midlands Master Naturalist programs. He has a passion and love for all wildlife and hopes to inspire others to take a closer look at the life within our amazing planet.
Grace Allen, Wildlife Habitat Assistant
Grace is a fourth year student at the University of South Carolina where she majors in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geography. Her studies focus on Geographic Information Systems and South Carolina Habitats. Grace grew up in Greenville alongside a family of outdoor enthusiasts who taught her a love and deep appreciation for the outdoors from an early age. After graduation, Grace hopes to use her passion and education to help protect wildlife and wildlife habitat while teaching others to appreciate the outdoors the way she does. When she’s not studying or working, Grace enjoys spending time with her two dogs, hiking, boating in the low country, fishing, and hunting.
Steve Gilbert, Fish & Wildlife Biologist, Special Projects Manager
Steve received his Bachelor and Masters of Biological Sciences/Marine Biology at Florida Institute of Technology. He is retired from a Federal Service career working and supervising for both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Ecological Services Division) working on wetlands, streams, rivers, fish passage and the Everglades Restoration; and the NOAA Coastal Services Center supporting coastal professionals. He is currently on the Board of Audubon SC and involved in National Audubon’s Marsh Migration (in light of sea level rise) Project. Favorite outdoor activities include diving, snorkeling, and downhill skiing.
Trip King, Government Relations Manager
A Columbia, SC native, Trip attended Wofford College and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he earned a bachelors’ degree in political science. Trip worked as former U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings’ State Director for many years, did a stint as a development officer with University Libraries at USC and went on to serve as Vice President Biden’s National Political Director on the 2012 Obama-Biden re-election campaign. He is the principal in S.B. King & Associates, a Columbia, S.C.-based government relations and public affairs consulting firm. Trip is our point person on legislation at the SC Statehouse, and he assumes those duties as well for our conservation partner, Audubon South Carolina.
Sara moved to Columbia 7 years ago from Arizona, where she worked for the metropolitan planning organization as an environmental planner in solar energy and clean fuels. She also spent two years with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ office as the representative for environmental and agricultural affairs in the district, Solar Outreach Coordinator, and Constituent Services Representative. Sara is currently with the SC Wildlife Federation to assist on a project with public lands, and has worked on special projects for SCWF in the past. Sara previously worked with SmartPower and WeeGreen with the Solarize South Carolina program to educate energy consumers on the basics and benefits of going solar. Sara served as a board member and chair on the SC Solar council for 6 years and received an award from the Council in 2018. She has degrees from Michigan State and George Mason University. Sara lives in Columbia with her husband and their two daughters.