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Jan Glendening Appointed as Director of The Nature Conservancy in Iowa

Benton County native takes helm as State Director


Des Moines, IA | October 19, 2012

Jan Glendening of Pleasant Hill, has been appointed State Director of The Nature Conservancy in Iowa.

Glendening started her career with the Conservancy, one of the world’s leading conservations organizations, in 2001 as a development assistant, moving her way up to philanthropy lead in 2003. She coordinated the chapter’s first capital campaign, raising $18.1 million by 2008. In 2009 she was promoted to Assistant State Director and then to Interim State Director in 2011. She succeeds Sean McMahon who has been named North America Agriculture Director for the Conservancy.

“This is an exciting time to be working in conservation on behalf of Iowa,” Glendening said. “Protecting the state’s freshwater, grasslands and recreational sites that are integrated into sustainable and resilient agricultural systems are my top priorities as there are ever-increasing demands on our natural resources.”

Having grown up on the family farm in Benton County, Glendening understands the inextricable tie between agriculture and conservation. She served as finance chair of the Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy Coalition, a group of over 130 organizations that helped pass a constitutional amendment to increase natural resources funding in the state of Iowa.

“Farmers are the original conservationists,” she said. “I’m looking forward to continuing our partnerships with Iowa’s farmers, other land owners, and state and local agencies that are dedicated to preserving our natural resources. Working collaboratively we can continue to create sustainable solutions that will ensure there is enough clean water and food for our children, their children and beyond.”

Glendening credits the TNC-Iowa chapter’s board for providing passionate insight into Iowa conservation efforts, business, leadership, and the agriculture community which helped shape her throughout her career. She highlights the influence of the late Dr. Don Duvick in shaping the message that conservation and agriculture must work more closely together. Duvick, who was a Senior Vice President of Research at Pioneer Hi-Bred International in Des Moines, sat on the Iowa chapter’s board for 24 years.

“The board has played a tremendous role in shaping the vision and strategies for our projects. Iowa has amazing natural areas. From the Missouri River to the Mississippi River and the amazing grasslands and rivers in between, The Nature Conservancy is working on multiple fronts to conserve them,” Glendening said.

Glendening received her BA in Business Marketing from Loras College and lives in Pleasant Hill with her husband Brad and their two children.


The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org

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