There are two things that interest me: the relation of people to each other, and the relation of people to land.— Aldo Leopold
An insightful analyst and creative communicator, Tovar weaves together listening and language to deepen understanding and illuminate diverse perspectives.
Committed to building bridges across disparate views, voices and experiences, Tovar specializes in work at the intersection of nature and culture. He has served as a collaborative, provocative thinking partner for leaders and teams across sectors, and has helped clients engage diverse stakeholders, cultivate crucial insights and craft compelling messages.
His areas of expertise include:
- Community and intercultural engagement
- Coalition building
- Narrative and values analysis
- Cultural and ethnographic research
Before joining MG, Tovar spent over a decade as a freelance writer, speaker and consultant. He delivered keynotes at many gatherings—including the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference—and authored The Mindful Carnivore: A Vegetarian’s Hunt for Sustenance, as well as numerous essays and articles. He has also worked as a carpenter and forester-logger, and is handy with both hammer and chainsaw.
Tovar has a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts from New School for Social Research.
Close to home, Tovar has volunteered for The Old Meeting House, an inclusive church community where he feels welcome as an agnostic and heretic. He was also a founding board member of the New England Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. In 2015, he was honored to be an Aldo and Estella Leopold Writer-in-Residence in Tres Piedras, New Mexico.
Tovar lives in rural Vermont with his wife, Catherine, and their enthusiastic English field cocker, Casey. He enjoys kayaking, fishing, hunting, wildlife watching, cooking and sharing good food, and curling up by the wood stove with a good mystery.