The Nature Conservancy of New York Appoints New State Director

Fourteen Year-Conservancy Veteran WIlliam Ulfelder to Lead New York State Program

New State Director

William Ulfelder, New York state director, and daughter, Bella.

New York City, NY | January 14, 2009

The Nature Conservancy of New York is pleased to announce the appointment of William Ulfelder as its new state director. As state director, Mr. Ulfelder will be charged with leading a staff of 160 people and over 40,000 members.

Having begun his career with the Conservancy nearly fourteen years ago, Bill Ulfelder brings with him a combination of global field work and leadership experience. In his most recent post with the Conservancy Mr. Ulfelder served as the director of the Eastern Colorado Program.

“We feel very fortunate to have been able to attract a candidate as versatile and talented as Bill. His dedication to The Nature Conservancy’s mission has been well demonstrated throughout the years,” said Chairperson of the Conservancy’s New York State Board Joseph Gleberman. “His longstanding association with the Conservancy will provide for a smooth transition as he works to transform a successful legacy of conservation achievements in the state into innovative strategies that protect natural resources around the world."

“My conservation journey has been a wonderful preparation to lead the New York State program,” said Mr. Ulfelder, who will be based in the Conservancy’s New York City office. “As state director I have the perfect opportunity to combine my passion for conservation and my experience as a successful fundraiser and conservation leader. I am incredibly honored to join the New York team and continue my career where the Conservancy was first established nearly 60 years ago.”

Bill Ulfelder began his career with The Nature Conservancy in 1995 when he was awarded a Population and Environment Fellowship with the University of Michigan, which provided him with the opportunity to work with the Conservancy in Peru and Ecuador. He then worked two years as the Conservancy’s community-based conservation director for the Andes Region before being named the Conservancy’s Peru country director in 1997. As Peru director, he helped negotiate a $10.5 million debt-for-nature swap that provides income for Peruvian protected areas.

In 2003 he moved to Flagstaff, Arizona where he served as the Conservancy’s Northern Arizona director overseeing landscape scale forest conservation efforts with the US Forest Service and conservation and community interests. In his most recent post as the Conservancy’s Eastern Colorado director, Mr. Ulfelder oversaw grasslands conservation of the Western High Plains and led numerous partnership efforts within both the private and public sectors. Additionally, he served as the Conservancy’s Central Caribbean director leading conservation efforts in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and Puerto Rico for much of 2008.

Mr. Ulfelder received his Bachelors Degree at the University of North Carolina where he attended on a prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship. Upon graduation he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to undertake a work/study program with the Panamanian park service. Also, he holds dual Masters Degrees in Resource Economics and Policy as well as Environmental Management from Duke University. He has published numerous articles – in both Spanish and English – on the topic of conservation. In his relocation to New York City, Bill Ulfelder brings with him his wife, Natalie, and their five-year old daughter, Bella.

Since 1954, the Conservancy has protected more than 600,000 acres in New York and continues to play a leadership role in global conservation as well. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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