Headshot, Jan Glendening
Jan Glendening Headshot, Jan Glendening © TNC

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Jan Glendening

Interim Executive Vice President, North America, and Director, Great Plains Division

Des Moines, Iowa

  • Areas of Expertise

    sustainable food production, renewable energy, protecting land & water


Jan Glendening is director of the Great Plains Division and a member of the North America Leadership Team for The Nature Conservancy, a global organization working to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Great Plains Division is focused on the Mississippi River, grassland and forest systems, and food, water, and energy issues encountered in working landscapes and cities across Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

Previously, as state director for The Nature Conservancy in Iowa, Glendening led a team of 25 scientists, conservation experts, and support staff whose work focuses on the intersection of agriculture, freshwater and grassland protection. She successfully led two capital campaigns in Iowa raising more than $50 million for conservation and expanded the organization’s work with agriculture. In 2010, Glendening served as finance chair of Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy, a coalition of more than 130 organizations that was successful in passing a constitutional amendment to increase natural resources funding in Iowa. She previously served on the Iowa Soybean Association’s Research Advisory Council, Capital Crossroads 2.0 Steering Committee, Iowa’s Water Future Task Force and was Co-chair of the Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy Coalition.

A native Iowan, Glendening was raised on a farm in Benton County. She received her BA in Business Marketing from Loras College in Dubuque and lives in Pleasant Hill with her husband and two children.

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