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Carlos Fernández

State Director, Colorado

Boulder, Colorado

Headshot, Carlos Fernández

Carlos Fernandez State Director for The Nature Conservancy in Colorado. © Lauryn Wachs/The Nature Conservancy

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Carlos leads a staff of 60 Colorado employees. Working with partner organizations, government agencies, elected officials and other key decision-makers, Carlos and his team strive to build alliances that advance conservation outcomes both in Colorado and around the world. Carlos previously served the Conservancy as the Southern Andes Conservation Strategies Manager and the Patagonia Program Manager.

He joined the Conservancy in January 2003, working as the Foreign Legal Advisor for the South American Conservation Region. Earlier in his career, Carlos worked for large international law firms in both Washington, DC and Buenos Aires. He holds an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center and a J.D. from the University of Mendoza, School of Law from Mendoza, Argentina. Carlos is an advisory council member with Luis Benitez’s Colorado Office of Outdoor Recreation and a member of the steering committee of the Colorado Outdoor Partnership. He lives with his wife and young daughter in Boulder.

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