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David Banks

Chief Conservation Officer


Portrait of David Banks

David Banks Chief Conservation Officer at The Nature Conservancy. © Roshni Lodhia


International conservation, fundraising, team building, land deals


​​Tessa Rayment-Gruber


David Banks is the Chief Conservation Officer at The Nature Conservancy. In this role, he manages the conservation work of all TNC priority areas and our global and regional programs. David works closely with volunteer leaders and donors of The Nature Conservancy to secure increased support for our priorities around the world. He commits time to telling our global conservation story and believes this is critical to understanding the importance of TNC’s mission.

Prior to this position, David served in multiple roles at The Nature Conservancy. Most recently, he was the Executive Vice President for Africa, Europe and India. He started and led TNC’s Africa Region from 2007 to 2018. Prior to that he managed the Alaska Program and served as a Conservation Director and Conservation Planner there. He began his career with the organization in 1994 as an intern in Indiana.

David is proud to have served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana from 1990 to 1992. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Baylor University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. When not working to save lands and waters, you will find David rafting wilderness rivers in Western North America or skiing the backcountry of Montana.

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