State Director for The Nature Conservancy in Iowa
Kristin Aschenbrenner State Director for The Nature Conservancy in Iowa © Ivory House Photography

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Kristin Aschenbrenner

State Director, Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa

  • Areas of Expertise

    coalition building, public funding, Ag policy, climate work


In 2012, after more than 10 years away, Kristin moved back to Iowa to live on a small acreage attached to the family farm southwest of Des Moines. She is actively involved in the family’s horse breeding business and would like to see the farm stay in the family for generations to come. Her connection to the family farm fuels her passion for conserving the lands and waters of Iowa whether it is the truly wild places or the rich soils of an Iowa farm.

Kristin has been with The Nature Conservancy since 2014. She formerly served as director of external affairs working on state and federal policy including Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy (IWiLL) and the Farm Bill. She was involved in extensive coalition work, sat on the U.S. government relations cabinet, and oversaw Iowa’s first climate action plan. She currently serves on the core team of the Mississippi River Basin Project.

As state director of The Nature Conservancy in Iowa, Kristin brings a passion for Iowa and its natural resources and understands the many conservation challenges facing the state including soil loss, water quality, unnatural flooding and fragmented habitat. Challenges of this magnitude require collaborative efforts both among traditional conservation partners as well as a willingness to work with new and diverse partners. Kristin knows the importance of finding common ground in uncommon places.

Kristin’s other passions include attending opera performances and musicals, horseback riding, reading, her dog Flynn and cat Alice, spending time with her family, and being outdoors as much as possible.

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