Pat joined The Nature Conservancy as State Director in Arizona in July 2001. He leads the Conservancy's statewide staff and programs to conserve Arizona's natural diversity, partnering with citizens, agencies, businesses, policymakers and landowners.
The Conservancy’s primary objective is to help create a sustainable future for Arizona’s people and nature by preserving and restoring the health of our important lands and waters. The Arizona program is currently focused on restoring healthy forests, preserving our rivers and sources of water, and sustainable growth.
Pat served on five-month fellowship in Africa during 2009, working in Namibia to help create one the world’s largest conservation areas. He is a member of the Conservancy’s North American Leadership Council, Freshwater Council, and Board Leadership Effectiveness Group.
Pat has served on numerous statewide and national boards and councils covering water policy, renewable energy, sustainable tourism, wildlife conservation and management effectiveness. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Pat led one of the nation’s preeminent wildlife management departments as Director of the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) in Montana. During his career at MFWP he served as Deputy Director, Fisheries Division Chief and numerous other positions. He was Montana’s representative to the Northwest Power Planning Council on Fish and Wildlife issues and served at a Trustee for the Natural Resource Damage Claims for Montana. He launched the MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks Foundation in 1999. He served as president of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in 1994 and president of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in 2000.
Pat holds a BS degree from Montana State University and an MS degree from the University of Idaho in Fish and Wildlife Management. He is an avid cyclist and fisherman.