Headshot, Jan Glendening
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Jan Glendening

Great Plains Division Director

Des Moines, Iowa

  • Areas of Expertise

    sustainable food production, renewable energy, protecting land & water


Jan Glendening accepted the role of Great Plains Division Director in March 2018. The Great Plains Division includes seven chapters including, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and Minnesota-North Dakota-South Dakota, as well as, the Mississippi River Basin Program. 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.   

Leading the Conservancy’s philanthropy efforts in IA from 2003 to 2011, Glendening successfully raised $18.1 million for Iowa’s first ever capital campaign, raising more than double the original goal of $9 million. She 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. Her fundraising allowed the Conservancy to start a large grasslands conservation project in the Glacial Hills of the Little Sioux Valley as well as the organization’s first-ever agricultural watershed projects on the Boone and Cedar rivers. Serving as state director since 2011, she has nearly doubled the organization’s land ownership in the Lower Cedar Valley and recently launched a $30 million capital campaign. In total, she’s raised more than $46 million for conservation in Iowa during her career.  She serves on the Iowa Soybean Association’s Research Advisory Council, Capital Crossroads 2.0 Steering Committee, Iowa’s Water Future Task Force and is 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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