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Terry Cook A man crosses his arms and leans against a wall. © Courtesy/Terry Cook

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Terry Cook

State Director, Tennessee

Nashville, TN

  • Areas of Expertise

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


Terry Cook is the State Director for The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee. He took the post in 2016. Cook supervises a staff of 21 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.

Terry is a 25-year veteran ecologist and conservation leader who has worked both domestically and internationally seeking innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Prior to his work in Tennessee, Cook worked for The Nature Conservancy for more than 20 years in a number of capacities, ranging from staff ecologist in Texas, to Director of Science for the Eastern U.S. Region, to state director of the Kentucky Chapter.

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 Nashville 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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