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Rick Grundman to Retire as First Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Foundation


Rick Grundman, the first executive director of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Foundation (OWCF), will retire effective June 30, 2024. 

Over the past four years, Grundman has been instrumental in elevating OWCF's profile and fostering its mission to support projects benefiting the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the state's natural resources. 

"Rick's leadership has been invaluable in advancing the mission of OWCF," said Raegen Siegfried, OWCF board president. "Under his guidance, the foundation has significantly increased its visibility and raised funds to support vital conservation efforts across Oklahoma." 

Grundman took over the OWCF director role after an extensive career spanning 24 years as an executive in the natural gas utility and midstream industries. Throughout his career, Grundman has been actively involved in community and charitable organizations, serving on the board of numerous institutions including the Parent Child Center of Tulsa, State Chamber of Oklahoma, and the Alzheimer's Association. His dedication to servant-based leadership and community service has left an indelible mark on these organizations. 

During his tenure, Grundman spearheaded efforts to enhance OWCF's profile across the state and raise funds to support critical projects benefiting ODWC. His advocacy for Oklahoma's fish, wildlife, and habitat has inspired many to contribute to the foundation's mission, both as individuals and through corporate donations.  

OWCF was formed in 2018 to encourage private support of ODWC. The foundation’s vision is to enable all outdoor enthusiasts to actively enjoy our state’s wildlife and wild spaces. As a nonprofit organization, OWCF provides citizens with an outlet to show their passion for the outdoors by investing their time and money in projects that will make a difference for generations to come. 

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