TNC Nebraska Announces New State Director

John Cougher Chosen to Lead the Chapter

  • Jill Wells
    The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska

Photo of John Cougher in a denim shirt.
John Cougher Nebraska State Director © Sadie Cougher

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) announced this week that John Cougher is now the State Director for the Nebraska program. 

Cougher brings a wealth of experience to the role.  He began his career with TNC in 2011 as the Associate Director of Philanthropy in Oklahoma.  He then joined the Kansas staff in 2015, where as Director of Philanthropy he spearheaded a $30 million, five-year campaign.

Cougher succeeds Dr. Mace Hack, who held the role for 15 years.  Hack was tapped for a new role leveraging TNC's network of preserves in North America.

“I have been fortunate to work with Nebraska staff on cross-border initiatives over the past few years.  Mace put together a remarkable team of leaders and ecologists, and I’m deeply honored and humbled to join them as State Director,” said Cougher.  I will never tire of the experience of watching 600,000 cranes assemble on the iconic Platte River, and working in the Sandhills is a conservationist’s dream.”

Dr. James Armitage, who chairs the Board of Trustees for TNC in Nebraska, expressed his support for Cougher’s appointment.  “Nebraska is doing entrepreneurial, innovative conservation work in one of the most beautiful places in North America.  I feel confident that John is the right candidate at the right time to keep Nebraska’s momentum and to lead the chapter into a bright future,” he said.

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