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Jim Desmond

State Director, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Jim Desmond State Director for The Nature Conservancy in Oregon © Tim Jewett

Areas of Expertise

conservation, legal

Scheduling Contact

Megan Fairbank


Jim Desmond is the State Director of The Nature Conservancy in Oregon. Prior to his current role, Jim held various leadership roles at Metro for the past 18 years, serving as Director of Metro’s parks, natural areas, environmental education, and the region’s recycling program. Jim led Metro's nationally recognized conservation efforts that protected 14,000 acres of land, 170 miles of river and stream frontage, and planted 2 million trees and shrubs.

Before joining Metro, Jim worked as regional attorney for The Nature Conservancy in the Southeastern US, supporting conservation efforts in 11 southeastern states.  He started his career as a business attorney in Chicago, where he was elected partner at the law firm of Winston and Strawn.

He was raised in Detroit and holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Vanderbilt University School of Law. Jim and his wife, Elisabeth Williams, reside in Lake Oswego with their twin daughters, Lily and Louise. He currently serves on the board of Rediscover the Falls, the friends group for the Willamette Falls Legacy Project.

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