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Dan Ryan, SECP Program Director

Dan Ryan

Southeast Coastal Plain Program Director (Wilmington)

I was raised in Atlanta, GA. I received an Associate of Science from Young Harris College in GA, a BS in Environmental Studies from UNC-Asheville and am almost finished with a Masters of Public Administration from UNC-Wilmington. I met my wife while we were both Peace Corps volunteers in Bolivia and we have a 2½ year-old daughter. I am extremely fortunate to work for the benefit of one of my greatest passions: nature.

Year started at TNC: I started in 2007 in my current position. I worked with two local land trusts, one in California and the other in North Carolina, before working with TNC. 

Favorite TNC Preserve and why: Black River Cypress Preserve. There is a primordial feeling as you float by 2,000 year-old cypress trees in a kayak. It truly is something everyone should experience.  

A typical good day for you at work: Variety is the constant in my job. More often than not I am desk-bound writing grants or implementing strategies and partnerships in moving conservation forward. Perks include spending the rare day outside meeting with a landowner or participating in a controlled burn. Regardless, I know what I do on a daily basis is fulfilling to me and hope it will make a lasting impact in the surrounding area.    

Place in the world you would most like to visit but have never been to: So many places, but first on the list would be Ireland, as all of my lineage stems from there.


Dan Ryan

Southeast Coastal Plain Program Director (Wilmington)

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