Larry J. Shweiger

President and CEOLarry J. Schweiger

A lifelong conservationist and native of western Pennsylvania, Larry has devoted his life’s work to environmental cleanup, combatting climate change, and preserving our world for future generations. As president and CEO, he has expanded PennFuture’s mission to reflect the urgent and growing need for climate action. Through his leadership and vision, Larry forges and fosters relationships with funders, partners, and increases the focus on the citizens in PennFuture. 

He most recently retired from National Wildlife Federation, where he served as president and CEO for 10 years and an additional 14 years as the federation’s senior vice-president of conservation programs and in other federation capacities. Under Larry’s leadership, fighting climate change became the group's top priority.

Larry was the first vice president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and president and chief executive officer of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy for more than eight years. He also served as executive director of the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee for the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Larry is the founding chairman of the National Institute for Conservation Leadership, an organization dedicated to strengthening volunteer leadership in America’s conservation and environmental organizations. He worked with former Vice President Al Gore to launch Climate Reality, and currently serves on the organization’s board and as chair of the Climate Reality Action Fund.

With family in tow, Larry explored many of the United States’ national parks and acted as the founding executive director of the Friends of Gettysburg National Park, the most successful national park friends’ organization in the nation. For his many conservation efforts, Waynesburg University honored him with a Doctor of Humane Letters. In 2011, PennFuture presented him its Visionary Award for leadership in raising awareness about the impacts of climate change and for his commitment to clean energy solutions.

Larry lives in the north hills of Pittsburgh with his wife, spends much of his free time with the families of his three daughters, and teaches his five grandsons many of the lessons of nature from his childhood. He is an avid fresh and saltwater angler, boater and canoeist; highly regarded nature photographer; and author. His book, “Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth,” won first prize for nonfiction and first prize for science at the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. He is currently finishing a second book.