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Peggy Ladner

Former State Director in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Headshot, Peggy Ladner.

Peggy Ladner State Director in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota Peggy Ladner © TNC

Area of Expertise

Conservation Partnerships, Campaign Engagement, Fundraising, Organizational Effectiveness

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As State Director, Peggy led a team of conservation practitioners, policy experts, scientists and fundraisers addressing the key challenges facing nature and people in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Ladner joined the organization in 1997 and was promoted in 2006 to state director of The Nature Conservancy’s only three-state chapter.  

Peggy worked with the Board of Trustees and staff to set the chapter’s conservation vision and priorities, and she ensured the program had the financial resources and personnel to carry out its work. TNC has more than 23,000 members in Minnesota and the Dakotas and has protected more than 834,000 acres (1,300 square miles) of the region’s most ecologically significant forests, prairies, savannas, wetlands, rivers, streams and lakes.  

Working out of TNC's regional office in Minneapolis, Peggy was one of the foremost conservation leaders in the region. She played a critical role in strategic partnerships including the coalition that helped pass Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, one of the nation’s largest and most successful conservation campaigns.

Prior to joining TNC, Peggy opened the first Clean Water Action office in the Midwest in Minneapolis, serving as both state director and regional director. She also was one of the founding board members of the Minnesota Environmental Fund, a workplace giving federation for the environment, and she helped created the Minnesota League of Conservation voters, now known as Conservation Minnesota.

In her personal life, Peggy is an avid cyclist, a huge Twins fan and enjoys boating and fishing from her family’s cabin in Minnesota’s Northwoods. She is married and has two adult children.

Peggy has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an undergraduate degree in political science and environmental studies from St. Louis University.

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