The Nature Conservancy in Georgia Names Deron Davis as Executive Director
Georgia native has served as acting director and director of conservation
The Nature Conservancy is pleased to announce Deron Davis as the new executive director in Georgia. A native Georgian, Davis has an extensive background in conservation and has served in leadership roles across the state, most recently as director of conservation for The Nature Conservancy.
Davis will oversee all aspects of the Conservancy’s work in Georgia, including coastal, forest and freshwater conservation, as well as initiatives to increase public awareness and support.
“I am proud of what The Nature Conservancy has done for our state. I am committed to protecting more of the places that make Georgia special and to investing in innovative strategies that balance the needs of our communities with the health of the environment,” Davis said. “I look forward to working with our committed board of trustees, our generous supporters, our dedicated partners and staff and diverse communities to conserve our natural heritage for future generations.”
“After a rigorous national search, it is clear that Deron is exactly the right leader for The Nature Conservancy in Georgia. He is uniquely skilled at bringing people together and helping them see how our lives depend on nature,” said Dr. Tom Harbin, chair of the Conservancy’s board of trustees in Georgia. “Deron has an ambitious vision for conservation in our state and he knows how to take the organization to new heights.”
In the coming years, the Conservancy will accelerate its work to connect large landscapes, care for the coast, plan for the future of the ocean, manage rare longleaf pine forests and maintain and improve the health of key river systems.
The Nature Conservancy, a global leader in conservation, has worked in Georgia since the 1960s and has helped protect more than 317,000 acres of important lands across the state, including Cumberland Island National Seashore, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, the Chattahoochee National Forest and Sweetwater Creek State Park. The organization recently completed a successful $25 million capital campaign in Georgia to expand coastal, forest and freshwater conservation.
While serving as director of conservation, Davis guided the Conservancy’s efforts across the state including the restoration of forests near Columbus, the establishment of new recreation areas along the Altamaha River, the improvement of water quality in north Georgia and the significant reduction of agricultural water use in southwest Georgia.
Before coming to the Conservancy, Davis worked with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources where he served on the State Water Plan leadership team, launched a water conservation campaign and directed an environmental school improvement program.
Davis is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. He has completed select coursework in natural resource management at Georgia State University and is an alumnus of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership. Recognized as a leader in environmental education, sustainability and water issues, Davis’ community service includes serving on the executive committee of the Captain Planet Foundation. Davis lives in Atlanta with his partner, garden designer David McMullin and their two children, Elliott (9) and Emma (8).
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. 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.