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Point of Arches, Washington Point of Arches at Shi Shi Beach in Olympic National Park, Washington. © Clane Gessel


The Nature Conservancy Appoints Fawn Sharp to its Global Board of Directors

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Global Board of Directors
Fawn Sharp © World Economic Forum / Sikarin Fon Thanachaiary

The Nature Conservancy announced the recent appointment of Fawn Sharp (Quinault Tribal Citizen, Washington State) as a member of its global Board of Directors.

“I am thrilled to welcome Fawn to our global Board of Directors,” said TNC CEO Jennifer Morris. “Fawn is an important voice on behalf of Indigenous Peoples and communities in the global climate change movement, and her leadership will help propel TNC forward in our efforts to achieve our 2030 Goals.”

“In this defining decade for the planet, learning from and centering Indigenous voices in our work is critical,” said Board Chair Senator William Frist. “As an experienced tribal leader, Fawn’s voice and leadership will help guide our efforts to amplify Indigenous-led conservation and to ensure that traditional knowledge informs TNC’s policy and science driven conservation decisions.”

Fawn Sharp was most recently the 23rd President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native tribal government organization in the country. President Sharp recently concluded her sixth term of elected office for the Quinault Indian Nation in Taholah, Washington, after serving terms as President and Vice President. In 2021, President Sharp became the first Indigenous leader to be credentialed by the U.S. State Department to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), and she regularly advises UN bodies on the human rights of Indigenous Peoples. Fawn earned a BA from Gonzaga University and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington.

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 more than 70 countries and territories, 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.