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Kahlil Kettering

Executive Director, Maryland/DC

Bethesda, MD

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Kahlil Kettering Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy in Maryland/DC. © Trent Burns / Casey Trees

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Cities, nature-based solutions, natural climate solutions, green infrastructure

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Kahlil is Executive Director of the Maryland/DC Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. He provides overall management and leadership for the Maryland/DC Chapter’s conservation and policy work across the state and district.

He previously served as TNC’s Bezos Earth Fund Program Director from 2021-2023. In this role, he provided strategic management, overseeing all TNC deliverables associated with the $100M Bezos Earth Fund gift to TNC. He served as the point person working with project teams around the globe to collaboratively deploy and scale natural climate solutions to capture greenhouse gas emissions.

Prior to this position, Kahlil started his career at TNC as the inaugural Urban Conservation Program Director for Maryland/DC Chapter from 2015-2021, where he developed conservation strategies in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, centered on implementing projects that elevate the intersection of protecting nature in urban areas and the benefits nature provides people in cities.

This involved building momentum for the first-ever Stormwater Retention Credit market in D.C. by using natural solutions, like rain gardens and bioswales, that absorb stormwater and reduce runoff pollution into the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers. Kahlil also worked on strategic tree canopy expansion and engaging young people as environmental advocates for the future.

Before moving back to his hometown of Washington, DC, Kahlil worked as an environmental analyst in Miami, Florida for the National Parks Conservation Association, advocating for the protection and restoration of Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. Kahlil has also worked as a consultant for environmental nonprofits, The Cadmus Group and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Kahlil holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from American University, a Master’s degree in Global Environmental Policy from American University and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of Maryland. Kahlil enjoys playing soccer, cooking, barbecuing, traveling and laughing in his spare time.

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Canopy Award for Sustainability MD/DC's Urban Conservation Program was recognized by Casey Trees for work on the groundbreaking stormwater retention project at historic Mount Olivet Cemetery.