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Helping New York Thrive New York team members pose for a photo at the fall 2019 all-team retreat. © Holly Greene/Out of the Ordinary Photography

Stories in New York

Meet Our Team

Meet some of the people who are working to create a world where all of nature, humanity included, thrives in New York and beyond.

Bill Ulfelder headshot, Executive Director for The Nature Conservancy in New York.
Bill Ulfelder © Jonathan Grassi

Bill Ulfelder, Executive Director

With Bill's leadership, The Nature Conservancy in New York is raising unprecedented resources, investing in cutting-edge science, connecting with new audiences and increasing awareness of key environmental issues. The Conservancy in New York team, guided by Bill, is deeply committed to developing a culture that is inclusive, diverse, and equitable for team members, trustees and partners. Bill serves on the Executive Council and North America Cabinet for The Nature Conservancy.


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AnneMarie Blancato © AnneMarie Blancato/TNC

AnneMarie Blancato, Director of Finance and Operations

AnneMarie oversees the financial health of The Nature Conservancy in New York, which entails developing, monitoring and balancing the operating and capital budgets; tracking long-range plans; and aligning efforts with other departments to prepare and track business plans. AnneMarie has successfully established and executed vision, maintained synergy with Board members and developed effective strategies and plans since she joined The Nature Conservancy in 2019. In 2020, she was recruited to serve on the Director of Finance Operations Cabinet for The Nature Conservancy.


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Stuart Gruskin © Stuart Gruskin/TNC

Stuart Gruskin, Chief Conservation and External Affairs Officer

Stu is responsible for developing and supervising implementation of our conservation and policy work, as well as guiding the Conservancy’s Cities Network across the United States. He is particularly interested in how we can apply methods of innovation from other sectors to accelerate and enhance our conservation impacts.


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Sandy Humphrey, Director of Talent

Sandy provides strategic Human Resource guidance to the New York Division and the broader Nature Conservancy, and brings a global perspective to ensure the organizational structure and talent of New York are optimized. She is committed to the evolution of the culture; diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice efforts; and developing the team into strong leaders and contributors. 


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Michael Rodgers © New York Road Runners

Michael Rodgers, Director of Development

Michael is the New York Director of Development, leading the team responsible for fundraising for the organization’s New York State conservation work and the national Cities Network. In addition to managing this team, he is committed to helping develop the Conservancy’s equitable conservation, urban conservation, and environmental justice principles and practices into strategies to drive philanthropic support.


New York Board Members

Chair: Susannah S. Kagan

Shorna Allred, Ph.D. • Richard S. Berry • Jason E. Bordoff • Jerome J. Cunningham • Laurie Dann  • Hannah Jaris • Beverly Kazickas • Scott Kleinman • Nathaniel J. Klipper • Eiichiro Kuwana •  J.P. Maheu • Donald Mullen • Patricia H. Nadosy • Yoan Dipita N'Komba • Inosi M. Nyatta • Daniel D. O'Neill • Jesse SanGiovanni • John F. Savarese • Laurie Saylak • William D. Solecki, Ph.D. • Megan F. Starr • Emily Steinberg (NY Leadership Council Chair and Ex-Officio Board member) • Sabra C. Turnbull • Sarah M. Underhill • Charles M. Zegar

Chair Emeritus: Joseph H. Gleberman