Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy in Virginia
Locke Ogens Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy in Virginia © Kyle LaFerriere

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Locke Ogens

State Director, Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

  • Areas of Expertise

    Strategic planning, relationship management, policy, fund raising


Locke Ogens heads a team of scientists, conservation practitioners, policy experts and fundraisers committed to seeking creative solutions to Virginia's most complex conservation challenges. That includes ensuring the commonwealth's forests continue to harbor wildlife, support recreation and forestry, and clean the air we breathe and the water we drink; securing clean water, abundant wildlife, and sustainable fisheries across the state from the Clinch River to the Chesapeake Bay; and protecting and restoring healthy natural systems to withstand a changing climate and rising seas.

Locke joined the Virginia chapter in 2017.  In addition to her early financial career in the private sector, she has more than 25 years of experience working as a champion for nonprofits. She has served as president of the Darden School Foundation at the University of Virginia, chair of the Salvation Army in Boston, member of the Army’s Massachusetts State Board and chair of the College Foundation Board of Trustees at the University of Virginia. 

Locke grew up riding horses on a farm in Missouri and first experienced Virginia as an undergraduate at UVA. Though her early career carried her to Chicago, Los Angeles and then Boston, she could not escape the draw of Virginia.  Locke, her husband Dave and their twins, Katie and Wallace, relocated to Charlottesville in 2010.

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