Kelly Beevers leads The Nature Conservancy’s North America Regenerative Grazing Lands strategy in the Northern Great Plains, a key component of the organization’s North America North America Agriculture program. In this role, she connects and coordinates work across TNC team members and key partners throughout multiple states and provinces. Providing resources, strategic direction, and support, Kelly’s work in this crucial landscape grounds and advances TNC’s foundational work with ranchers and other key contributors to restore and protect 240 million acres of intact North America grazing lands by 2030.
Before joining TNC in 2023, Kelly spent over six years amplifying and furthering the work of rancher-led and place-based collaborative conservation through her strategy consulting firm, Topos & Anthros. The experience she gained there and in previous career phases in commercial real estate development and private equity have provided meaningful ways to utilize distinct places to bring people together and collectively make change that ripples from the individual level to the community and to on the larger systems in which people and places intersect. It is this work steeped in genuine curiosity, active listening, valuing people’s perspectives and contributions, strategically identifying connections, creatively finding solutions, and bringing communities along through change, that has well prepared Kelly to support grazing lands coalitions, rancher-led collaborations, and diverse working lands working groups while knitting together TNC’s state-based work across a larger landscape.
Kelly holds a graduate degree in real estate finance from Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School and a dual undergraduate degree in finance and accounting also from Mays Business School. She has also completed the Gathering Fire facilitation training with Paicines Ranch Learning Center. Kelly is on the board of Women in Ranching.
Kelly grew up on a small cattle ranch in Central Texas where her father taught her the role of grazing to restore and manage the land. In 2015, Kelly moved to Montana and immediately began working more hands on with ranchers. Kelly still resides in Montana and can often be found working cows with neighbors, fly fishing in a cold trout stream, or hiking and camping with her dogs.