Dr. Frogard Ryan
State Director, Connecticut
New Haven, CT
A passion for nature, a love of animals and a dedication to making the world a better place brought Dr. Frogard Ryan to the Connecticut Chapter of The Nature Conservancy as its state director in 2011. Her responsibilities include implementing the conservation agenda, producing tangible and lasting results, and maintaining our organizational values. She also oversees fundraising, marketing, budgeting and setting priorities. As state director, she is the Connecticut Chapter’s liaison to the Worldwide Office and Board of Trustees and is the chief spokesperson for both internal and external constituents.
Conservation milestones during her tenure include: securing a conservation easement for the largest coastal forest between New York City and Boston; shepherding the passage of the Blue Plan for Long Island Sound through legislature; reopening hundreds of miles of fish migration routes along Connecticut’s waterways; the development of a model coastal resilience building workshop that has been used throughout Connecticut, New York and several other states; and developing the chapter’s urban conservation program in Bridgeport. Frogard is often sought out for her expertise in structuring volunteer leadership, specifically systematic trustee recruitment. Frogard is skilled in recruiting and nurturing talent on the staff and the board and is a strong believer in lifelong learning.