Areas Of Expertise
relationship building; communications; project management; strategic visioning
As The Nature Conservancy's Tennessee State Director, Laurel Creech leads a talented staff focused on long lasting land, water and biodiversity conservation in the Volunteer state. In this role, Laurel cultivates relationships with donors, trustees and partners representing the government, business, academic, philanthropic and non-profit sectors. She also provides leadership for fundraising and advocacy initiatives that support TNC’s local, regional and global priorities.
Prior to assuming this role, Laurel worked for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County, where she helped create and serve as the assistant director for Metro Nashville’s Division of Sustainability. While there, she oversaw environmental initiatives related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, green infrastructure, waste reduction and education. Under Laurel's leadership, the division received two Governor’s Environmental Stewardship awards and four U.S. Green Building Council Impact Tennessee awards.
Laurel has also participated on the boards of several conservation-minded organizations, including the Nashville Parks Foundation, Cumberland Trails Conference, Tennessee Nature Academy, Urban Green Lab, Walk/Bike Nashville and Tennessee Women in Green, which she co-founded in 2008. On a regional level, Laurel was a member of the Southeast Sustainability Directors’ Network’s (SSDN) Steering Committee and acted as co-host of the SSDN’s Green Minds podcast. She has also been an on-air radio air talent on two Nashville radio stations: WXNA 101.5FM and WMOT 89.5FM.
Nationally, Laurel was recognized as one of the Smart Energy Decisions’ inaugural Women in Smart Energy (WISE) in 2022, received the Women in Sustainability Award for Local Public Sector in 2021, and in 2019 served as a U.S. Delegate on the European Union Sustainability Delegation Tour.
Laurel's love for nature was seeded at a young age growing up in the beautiful mountains of Chattanooga as a long-distance runner, cyclist and triathlete. She took that love to Nashville, where she created and directed an outdoor adventure program for 13 years called Team Green Adventures. Team Green connected thousands of Middle Tennessee residents with the beauty of the outdoors across the state and beyond.
Growing up in a family dedicated to improving the health of others, Laurel applies that same passion and determination toward conserving nature's greatest assets so others can get as much pleasure from the outdoors as she does. From spending time hiking and backpacking to supporting organizations with the same vision, her dedication to enhancing our planet is boundless and contagious.