Donor Relations Manager
642 West Main Street
Lexington, KY 40508
859-259-9655 ext. 52
A Kentucky native, Amanda was born in Park Hills and raised in Versailles. After graduating from Maryville College in Tennessee with a degree in Early Childhood Development and Learning, Amanda held off on teaching to work in her hometown’s chamber of commerce and visitor’s center. She joined The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky’s staff in the fall of 2009 to manage donations and serve as a liaison with chapter trustees.
Amanda lowers her carbon footprint by walking to work every day.
Nature.org: Have you always had an interest in conservation?
Amanda Sparrow: My introduction to conservation began as a Girl Scout. My troop leader (and mom) made it a point to teach about protecting the environment. I also was blessed to have parents who believed in the importance of getting their children outside in nature. This fostered many memories of visiting state parks and exploring caves throughout the wonderful state of Kentucky.
Nature.org: How did your career path lead to working with The Nature Conservancy?
Amanda Sparrow: Working at the local chamber of commerce and visitors center gave me an opportunity to meet people from all over the world, but I wasn’t really making a difference – something I desired. Finding a job with the Conservancy helped me fill that void. My job means something to people and to the state of Kentucky. I want to make sure that future generations get to enjoy all the amazing parts of Kentucky that I enjoyed as a child.
Nature.org: What projects have your focus right now?
Amanda Sparrow: I’m helping the Conservancy’s members in Kentucky feel connected to our chapter. This means making sure they realize, and even see, how their donations and dedications really make a difference. Protecting Kentucky’s last great places for future generations is important. We cannot succeed in this goal without the help of all our amazing supporters.
Nature.org: What do you hope to tackle over the next couple of years?
Amanda Sparrow: My focus will be helping to establish a Corporate Council for the Environment. This new entity will make it possible for the Conservancy to work one-on-one with corporate partners to engage their employees in becoming more conservation-minded and operate in ways that work in harmony, and even benefit, Kentucky’s natural environment.
Donor Relations Manager