Our Staff


Tammy Herrington, Executive Director – Originally from Louisiana, Tammy has spent the past twenty years making Alabama home with her husband and two children.  She graduated from University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Psychology and English before beginning her career in the nonprofit sector.  She joined the Conservation Alabama team in 2013 after serving as the Deputy Director of Mobile Baykeeper, where she worked to further Gulf restoration and protection of our coastal resources.   She has served on the boards of the Junior League of Mobile and the Mobile Historic Development Commission.     


Jeff Martin, Policy Director – Jeff has served as Policy Director for Conservation Alabama since 2007. As Policy Director he provides strategic policy support and direction for organizational initiatives; educates elected officials on environmental priorities, and educates citizens and organizations about how to be more effective in their government relations efforts. Previously Jeff served as the first Executive Director for the Alabama League of Environmental Action Voters, now known as Conservation Alabama. Jeff has also lobbied for the City of Birmingham, the Alabama Humane Federation, the Alabama Press Association, Equality Alabama and the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association. 


Stefanie Francisco, Communications Director - Stefanie was raised in Fairhope. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, and her master’s degree in rural sociology from Auburn University, where her research focused on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Stefanie began her career in the national news media, working for PBS, CNN, and Politico. Before joining Conservation Alabama in 2014, she served as partnership coordinator for Mobile Baykeeper. Stefanie is now based in Montgomery, where she lives with her husband and their daughter, Evangeline.  

Sam Mead Williams, Development Director - Sam grew up in Mobile, graduating from McGill Toolen Catholic High School before earning a degree in Rhetorical Theory from The University of South Alabama.  She began her career at Strategy Public Relations gaining experience in political campaigning, public affairs, government relations, and analytical research methods.  Sam went on to work with Judge Edmond Naman as the site director for a grant based, juvenile court reform effort in the city of Mobile.  After taking some time off to raise her kids, she went to work in real estate.  Sam was a founding member of the Baldwin County United Way Young Leaders Society and is presently in her second year as Executive Director for WabiSabi, a leadership program for 11 year old girls on the Gulf Coast.  She sat on the Board of Trustees for Alabama Outward Bound School, was a member of the Development Council for USA Children’s and Woman’s Hospital, and was a candidate for Leukemia/Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year.  Sam presently lives in Spanish Fort with her two kids, Avery and Kohen.