The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania & Delaware Welcomes Curan Bonham to its Board of Trustees

Black silhouettes of mountains fade into an orange sky.
Central Appalachians Pre-dawn scene looking across mist-shrouded Appalachian valleys and ridges. © Mark Godfrey / TNC

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The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Pennsylvania and Delaware today announced that Curan Bonham has been elected to its Board of Trustees for a three-year term effective July 1, 2023.

Bonham is a program officer at the Richard King Mellon Foundation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he is responsible for managing a portfolio of investments that advance the protection, restoration and activation of America's natural heritage. He has more than 20 years of experience working in 20 countries and is a published author with expertise in conservation finance, natural resources management and impact evaluation.

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Curan Bonham Curan Bonham has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy in PA/DE. © Courtesy of Curan Bonham

Bonham’s work has accelerated conservation efforts using innovative financial approaches. He founded and directed a conservation-focused impact investment fund at Conservation International and has previously held positions at research and development organizations including Cornell University, the US Forest Service, Bioversity International and the U.S. Fulbright Program. He holds a B.S. in natural resources from Cornell University and an M.S. in forestry from the University of Montana.

“Curan is a true leader in conservation, and I’m thrilled to welcome him to our Board of Trustees,” said Lori Brennan, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania and Delaware. “His commitment, passion and wide-ranging expertise will be tremendous assets to TNC as we continue to advance nature-based solutions to solve our planet’s most pressing environmental challenges.”

In Pennsylvania and Delaware, TNC is leading large-scale conservation programs that protect the lands and waters that are critical to the health and well-being of both people and nature. In Pennsylvania, TNC is also working to reduce stormwater runoff in cities, protect vital migration corridors like the Kittatinny Ridge and engage farmers and landowners in supporting the adoption of conservation practices. TNC’s work in Delaware focuses on building resilience against climate change—including along the state’s vulnerable coastlines—to protect human communities and habitats. 

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