Faces of Conservation

Two paths led M.Q. Riding to The Nature Conservancy. A Delaware resident since 1986, the chapter’s newest trustee grew up visiting her grandparents at a Kent County, Maryland farm that has stayed in her family for four generations. Thanks to a conservation easement placed on the farm in 1995, it continues to serve as a family retreat and reminder of where Riding’s appreciation for nature emerged.

Quick to volunteer that she has “always been a conservationist,” Riding also managed to steer her professional career in a direction that would benefit places that inspired her conservation ethic along the way. After studying Cartography at Radford College, Riding worked in the engineering field before eventually gaining skills as a voice for corporate responsibility when it comes to the Earth’s resources. She later completed a degree in Marketing Communications at Alameda College in California and for more than a decade has served in this capacity at Conectiv Energy as the Director of Communications and Public Affairs.

In her position at Conectiv Energy, Riding has been involved in several corporate environmental enhancement projects.

“Several years ago, the leadership team at Conectiv made a case that the business should support environmental causes,” says Riding. “Those discussions led to our longstanding relationship with the Conservancy, as well as to other efforts that include building and restoring habitat in Sussex County.”

A resident of Newark, Riding supports her community through leadership roles with the Unitarian Universalist Society, Planned Parenthood of Delaware and the Center for Inland Bays in Rehoboth, Delaware. She looks forward to adding The Nature Conservancy of Delaware to the list.

“Contributing to the mission and goals of the Conservancy offers me an opportunity to expand my personal mission of open space and woodland preservation, while meeting corporate goals for my company,” adds Riding. “I look forward to working with this talented and motivated group of people.”

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