The Nature Conservancy in Georgia recently named Deron Davis as the director of conservation. Davis will lead planning, research and management activities for the Conservancy in Georgia with a focus on freshwater, forest and coastal conservation and restoration. The Nature Conservancy, a global leader in conservation, has worked in Georgia for more than four decades, and has helped protect more than 290.000 acres of critical habitat.
Davis comes to The Nature Conservancy from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Environmental Protection Division where he served on the State Water Plan leadership team, guiding the development of ten regional water plans. Davis has a diverse conservation background and has served in leadership roles across Georgia, notably as a former Executive Director of the Dunwoody Nature Center.
“Deron will build on The Nature Conservancy’s strong history in Georgia, helping us achieve new heights,” said Shelly Lakly, The Nature Conservancy’s state director in Georgia. “His communications and strategic planning skills will help us strengthen existing relationships and forge new ones while focusing on the most critical areas of our state.”
“I am excited to lead The Nature Conservancy’s efforts to protect, manage and restore unique natural areas,” Davis said, “with the aim of preserving Georgia’s biodiversity and ecological integrity through sound science and mutually beneficial partnerships.” Davis has extensive experience developing strategic partnerships with organizations including the Captain Planet Foundation, Clean Air Campaign, Georgia Aquarium, Georgia Forestry Commission and Georgia Power.
Davis earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia and has completed selected coursework in Public Administration for Natural Resources Management from Georgia State University. A native Georgian, Davis lives in Atlanta with his partner, garden designer David McMullin, and their two children, Elliott (6) and Emma (5).
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.