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PA/DE Chapter Announces New Board of Trustee Appointments

Board members bring years of experience and leadership.

The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Pennsylvania and Delaware Chapter has announced new appointment changes to its Board of Trustees effective as of January 1, 2021, as well as the addition of new trustee Richard Speizman. Coming from business, government and science/research, the Board of Trustees brings years of experience and leadership to help address TNC’s mission of conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.

The new appointments include:

  • New Board Chair Rich Aneser, Chief Strategy Officer for Envestnet, Inc.
  • New Vice-Chair Carol Collier, Senior Advisor for Watershed Management Policy at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
  • New trustee Richard Speizman, Retired partner at KPMG

“Rich, Carol, and Rick are all committed conservationists who provide leadership and guidance and possess a breadth of expertise and relationships from finance and marketing to policy and resource management,” said Lori Brennan, Director of the Pennsylvania and Delaware Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. “They bring with them years of experience both in professional strategy and conservation in our states.

“We also want to sincerely thank Marika Schoolar for her tenure as Board Chair and are pleased she will continue to serve as a trustee,” said Brennan.

Said Board Chair Rich Aneser, “For me, the environment and climate change are the defining issues of our generation with significant and irreversible consequences.  I’m pleased to be working with pragmatic, science-based and dedicated colleagues to make a difference.”

Brennan said, “Our Board of Trustees has been invaluable in helping us to keep critical conservation work moving forward during some of the most uncertain times in our nation’s history, and for that, we want to express our deepest gratitude.”

Said Vice-Chair Carol Collier, “Being a scientist and planner, I greatly value the impact that this Chapter of TNC can make in our two states. I look forward to working even more closely with my fellow board members and TNC’s excellent land and water conservation staff to make a meaningful difference on the ground.”

Other continuing leadership roles include Kathy Bishop, Healthy Freshwater and Lands Committee Chair, Ted Daeschler, Legacy Ambassador, Jeff Flynn, Treasurer/ Finance Committee Chair, L.P. Frieder, Development Chair, Maggie Brokaw, Global Ambassador, Dean Holden, Tackle Climate Change Chair, and Richard Laird, Build Healthy Cities Committee Chair. Rich Aneser will continue his role as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Carol Collier will continue in her roles as Chair of the Board’s Conservation Committees as the Protect Oceans, Lands, and Waters Committee Chair.

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.