Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy in Florida
Areas of Expertise
Executive Administration, Land Acquisition, Protection, Conservation, Government Relations
Scheduling ContactAngela Tennaro
With more than 30 years of experience working to protect, restore and manage some of Florida’s most treasured landscapes, Greg Knecht has worked on projects from protecting the coral reefs of the Florida Keys to vegetation mapping the Wakulla River. With a focus on ecosystem-scale activities to create maximum positive impact on the environment, Greg has been fortunate to serve the citizens of Florida in both the public and non-profit sectors. Currently, Greg is the executive director of The Nature Conservancy in Florida. In this role, he leads nearly 80 professionals on the Florida team, advises the board of trustees and oversees the $15 million annual operating budget. Together, he and the Florida team are doing their part to create a world where people and nature can thrive.
Since joining TNC more than 10 years ago, Greg has served in leadership positions that include director of protection (land acquisition), director of conservation (overseeing all of Florida's conservation programs as well as government relations) and, deputy executive director (conservation, government relations, and marketing and communications). As deputy executive director, he provided oversight and direction for developing the five-year strategic plan to guide Florida’s conservation activities around four priorities: Conserving Resilient Lands, Oceans and Waters; Building a Sustainable Florida; Transforming Marine Management; and Inspiring Climate Action.
Prior to joining TNC, Greg worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection where he focused on water quality and ecosystem restoration, including the Everglades. He helped establish standards, fund stormwater programs and permit restoration projects, and he represented the State of Florida on numerous boards and working groups.
Greg was born and raised in Polk County, Florida and now calls the Tallahassee area his home. He has a deep appreciation for nature and sustainable agriculture. When he’s not working, you’ll find Greg enjoying the great outdoors. He is an avid cyclist, hiker and kayaker and loves to combine these activities for overnight adventures. Greg’s wife of 30 years, Angela, often accompanies him on tandem cycling trips both on- and off-road.