Director of External Affairs
The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire
Meredith Hatfield has been named The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire’s Associate Director for Policy and Government Relations. In this new role, Hatfield will lead TNC's state and federal government affairs work to develop and implement transformative policy solutions to help mitigate the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss.
“The Nature Conservancy is excited to have Meredith join our team,” said Jim O’Brien, Director of External Affairs. “Meredith is a recognized expert and conservation leader in New Hampshire and across New England. Her expertise will be incredibly valuable as we work with policymakers to develop solutions to the most challenging conservation issues facing our state.”
Hatfield brings a wealth of knowledge and unique experiences to The Nature Conservancy. Over the course of her career, she has served in high-level positions involving all aspects of policy development. Most recently, Hatfield served as executive director for the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners (NECPUC), a nonprofit organization serving twenty public utilities regulatory commissioners and their agencies across New England, focused on education and cooperation on energy, water, and telecommunications regulation.
As the State of New Hampshire's Consumer Advocate, Hatfield represented residential utility ratepayers before the NH Public Utilities Commission and advocated at the state legislature and at regional and national levels on utility issues. In addition to past roles practicing law, serving as Program Director for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and Program Officer, Clean Energy for the Barr Foundation, Hatfield served in the state’s energy office under two governors. She is also a former Concord City Councilor.
“I am thrilled to join TNC New Hampshire at such a critical time to address our most pressing conservation challenges,” Hatfield said. “I look forward to working collaboratively with TNC’s many partners to help our state and local communities become more resilient and ready for a changing climate.”
Hatfield earned an Associates Degree in Animal Science from the University of New Hampshire, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and her Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont. She lives in Hopkinton and enjoys getting outside at every opportunity. Meredith Hatfield begins her new role on Monday, October 24th.
The Nature Conservancy works in New Hampshire and around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science and using a collaborative approach that is grounded in the needs of our state and local communities, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. In New Hampshire, the Conservancy has helped protect nearly 300,000 acres of forests, fields and natural areas, along with more than 680 miles of coastal shoreline and river frontage. To learn more, visit www.nature.org/newhampshire or follow TNCNH on Facebook, @tncnewhampshire on Instagram and @Nature_NH on Twitter.
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 www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.