Mitch’s passion for Alabama’s natural systems and people, creativity, proven management skills and inclusive, collaborative leadership style helps the Alabama Chapter lead and deliver on its ambitious strategic plan for conservation in the forests, rivers, and coastal systems of one of the most biodiverse states in the country. The son of public school educators, Mitch grew up on a farm in the Wiregrass region of Alabama in the small town of Bellwood along the banks of the Choctawhatchee River. He holds a JD from the University of Alabama School of Law (2009) and a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point in European History and Environmental Engineering (1998).
Mitch brings over 15 years of conservation and policy experience in Alabama to this position and is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served as a Captain in the Military Police Corps with the 82nd Airborne Division. Before stepping up as the State Director, Mitch was the Alabama Chapter’s Director of External Affairs where he served as the policy lead for the Longleaf Pine Whole System (VA to TX), engaged as an active member of the core team for the Gulf of Mexico Program (FL to TX), and participated on the US Government Relations core teams for Forestry, Agriculture, and Federal Appropriations.
Prior to The Nature Conservancy, Mitch worked as the Program Director for the Alabama River Alliance where he lead the effort to develop comprehensive water planning for Alabama and taught water law and diplomacy as an Adjunct Professor at the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Environmental Section of the Alabama State Bar and is a member of the Rotary Club of Birmingham.
Mitch lives in Hoover, Alabama, with his wife Sarah, a practicing environmental law attorney, and their two sons, Walden and Emery George. When they are not working to move conservation forward, they enjoy exploring the natural splendor of Alabama.