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.
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Nature.org: Have you always had an interest in conservation?
Amanda Black: My introduction to conservation began as a Girl Scout. My troop leader (and mom) made it a point to teach us 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, hiking and exploring caves throughout the wonderful state of Kentucky.
Nature.org: How did your career path lead to working with The Nature Conservancy?
Amanda Black: 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 Black: 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 Black: My focus will be helping to expand our outreach in Kentucky through our social media pages and with school-age children.