Luke flowers grow in spring.
PIEDRAS ROJAS Luke flowers grow in spring. © Ben Jiang /TNC Photo Contest 2019


A Message on the COVID-19 Pandemic from Interim CEO Sally Jewell

From Interim CEO Sally Jewell

Dear TNC Friends,

All of our inboxes are filled with messages about COVID-19. As interim CEO of The Nature Conservancy, I’ve thought a lot about how to express care and concern without “piling on” to these messages. It’s a fine balance.

At the same time, my colleagues and I are thinking of you and your loved ones and are deeply appreciative of the trust you have placed in us. There’s some comfort in knowing that we are going through this together—and that we are all doing the best we can. I am heartened by the way people are pulling together to help others in need, find new ways of staying connected, and caring for themselves and their families under difficult circumstances.

You are a key part of the TNC community, so I want to let you know what we are doing to take care of each other, stay focused on our mission, and help slow the spread of this virus. We continue to follow local health and safety precautions, erring on the side of caution in the face of ambiguity or conflicting guidance. This includes cancelling volunteer activities and other group events, closing all of our offices, and exploring new and different ways to keep our on-the-ground work moving ahead while keeping our teams and our communities safe.  

As we navigate these difficult waters together, I hope you are finding some solace in nature. Whether that means enjoying the emergence of spring in your backyard or simply closing your eyes and thinking of a favorite outdoor refuge, nature can provide us such tranquility in challenging times. The events of the past few weeks have only strengthened my deep appreciation for why our work to safeguard the natural world is so important.

I continue to be reminded of what I have learned about TNC during my time as Interim CEO—we are a community of passionate, dedicated people who care deeply about one another and about our planet. Thank you for your commitment to our mission during this challenging time.


Sally Jewell


The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 76 countries and territories: 37 by direct conservation impact and 39 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.