Bill Stanley Named Director of Nature Conservancy in Ohio

State Director, Ohio
Bill Stanley State Director, Ohio © David Ike


Bill Stanley of Grandview Heights has been named state director of The Nature Conservancy in Ohio. 

For almost 10 years Stanley was the assistant state director and Agnes S. Andreae director of conservation for TNC’s Ohio program.  Previously, he directed the organization’s climate change program out of its Arlington, VA headquarters.  He has been with TNC for nearly 20 years. 

The Tennessee native replaces former TNC Ohio state director Josh Knights, who resigned last June. 

As assistant state director and Agnes S. Andreae director of conservation, Stanley was responsible for building and supporting the Ohio Chapter’s conservation teams, which work to protect and restore Ohio’s streams, wetlands and forests to revitalize Lake Erie and the Ohio River.  Under Stanley’s leadership, the Ohio Chapter expanded the Richard and Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve in Adams County to 20,000 acres, established Great Egret Marsh Preserve in Lakeside Marblehead, worked with the agriculture industry to create the 4R Nutrient Certification Program, established Ohio’s only statewide in-lieu fee stream and mitigation program, and opened the Dr. James K. Bissell Nature Center in Ashtabula County. 

“I look forward to continuing TNC’s work to protect Ohio’s most important lands and waters, and to leading us into new areas, including helping to make cities more sustainable,” Stanley said.  “Our rivers and lakes are critical not only for plants and animals, but also for the millions of people in rural and urban areas who rely on them for clean drinking water.”

The University of Virginia and Yale University grad, who studied forest science and ecology, said he plans to continue the legacy of expanding strong partnerships with agencies, universities, elected officials and businesses, and cultivating passionate and professional staff members.

“The Conservancy has put in place a steady and ambitious leader in Ohio who will leverage opportunities for collaboration,” said Ohio Board Chair Jeff Reutter.

The Conservancy’s Midwest Division Director, Michael Reuter, agreed. “We are delighted to promote Bill to this role,” Reuter said. “By fostering collaboration and working with a diverse set of partners and stakeholders, we can increase the scale and effectiveness of conservation in Ohio.”

Working in Ohio since 1958, the organization has protected more than 60,000 acres of the state’s finest lands and waters.  Worldwide, TNC has protected nearly 120 million acres with the support of its one million members. 

“We have a strong platform of success to build from here in Ohio, but there is still a lot more to do on water quality, the protection of diverse natural areas and urban sustainability,” Stanley said.  “We rely on nature to provide clean air and water and it depends on us to conserve it.”  

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