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Terry Cook

State Director, Tennessee

Brentwood, TN

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Terry Cook Terry Cook is The Nature Conservancy's Tennessee state director. © Courtesy/Terry Cook

Areas of Expertise

conservation leadership, aquatic ecology, urban conservation, global environmental sustainability


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Terry Cook has been The Nature Conservancy's state director in Tennessee since 2016. Cook supervises a staff of more than twenty professionals who work around the state on conservation initiatives that protect and enhance the health of Tennessee’s forests, waters, caves and cities for the benefit of people and nature.

In addition to his current role, Terry has worked for almost 30 years at TNC in various capacities including as director of science in Texas and Washington, director of the Mid-Atlantic Science Center, an eastern regional scientist and as the state director in Kentucky. Terry has been a John Sawhill Fellow, a member of TNC’s Global Science Leadership Team and served on its Africa Council.

Terry holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Ferrum College and an M.S. in Range Ecology from Texas A&M University. He is based in Brentwood where he serves on the Steering Committee for NashvilleHealth and as a member of the Livable Nashville Committee. He is married to Laura Cook and has two children, Elizabeth and Cody. 

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