In over a decade as a writer, speaker, and consultant, Tovar has helped many public and social sector leaders and stakeholders gain insights, discover shared values, and expand visions in new directions.
Guided by twin passions for healthy relationships—with nature and among human beings—he specializes in work at the intersection of environmental conservation, strategic communication, and multicultural engagement.
Tovar has led seminars for dozens of state agencies, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions and has delivered keynotes on sensitive topics for diverse audiences at many gatherings, including the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference.
Author of The Mindful Carnivore, he has penned numerous essays and articles, including a chapter for The Handbook of Communication in Cross-cultural Perspective, and was honored to be an Aldo and Estella Leopold Resident in 2015. He has also worked in sustainable forestry and is handy with a chainsaw.
A student of culture, Tovar has been educated by members of diverse communities from Indian Country to the Ivy League, from Brooklyn to the Heartland. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the New School for Social Research and a doctorate in communication from UMass-Amherst.
He and his wife Catherine live in Vermont with their enthusiastic English field cocker, Casey.