Adrienne Dziak, a veteran policy advocate from Cleveland, is the new Director of Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy in Ohio.
Dziak comes to the Conservancy from Case Western Reserve University, where she served as the associate vice president for governmental and community relations since 2008 and as the University’s Director of Government relations for eight years prior.
“Adrienne is a strong communicator, understands Ohio politics, and is personally committed to conservation,” said Josh Knights, executive director of the Conservancy in Ohio.
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation group with more than a million members nationwide and a 50-year history of protecting land and water for the people of Ohio.
At the Conservancy, Dziak will work with elected officials and other policymakers at the federal, state and local level to promote policies that support effective conservation in Ohio and throughout the country.
“Adrienne will draw upon her extensive professional experience to elevate conservation in the public policy arena by highlighting the immense benefits the public derives from our natural resources,” Knights said.
Dziak said she accepted the position because the Conservancy is “an organization that has demonstrated leadership on an issue that has strong public benefit.”
”Land and water conservation depends on pragmatic public policy that balances the needs of people and nature,” she said. “The Conservancy has a strong track record of helping to shape beneficial policies and programs like the Clean Ohio Fund and the Great Lakes Compact.”
Dziak earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Cleveland State University. A native of Ohio, she and her husband have three adult children.
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.