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Locke Ogens

State Director, Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

VA State Director Locke Ogens at Voorhees Preserve. A smiling woman poses in a forest. Sunlight dapples the trees behind her.

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

Areas of Expertise

Strategic planning, relationship management, policy, fund raising

Media Contact

Kelley Galownia

Scheduling Contact

Avery Stone


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 and abundant wildlife across the state from the Clinch River to the Chesapeake Bay; supporting sustainable fisheries and a healthy ocean in the Mid-Atlantic Seascape; and protecting and restoring healthy natural systems to withstand a changing climate and rising seas.

In addition to her leadership in Virginia, Locke is also the Project Sponsor for TNC's Central Appalachians Program, where we're working across six states to protect this critical climate stronghold.

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. She joined the Virginia chapter in 2017.  

In addition to her early financial career in the private sector, Locke 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. 

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