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Sarah Tanguay Named Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in Iowa

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Sarah Tanguay Executive Director, Iowa © Joshua Shelton

The Nature Conservancy is pleased to announce that Sarah Tanguay has been selected as Iowa’s Executive Director, effective December 2020. In this role, she will also serve on the Great Plains Leadership Team.

The selection committee was impressed by Sarah’s impact as a fundraiser, commitment to conservation solutions, and her ability to lead complex project teams. 

For the past 3 years Sarah was the fundraising lead for the Jack & Laura Dangermond Preserve where she worked as part of a matrixed team focused on shaping the identity, vision and messaging for this high-profile 24,000-acre nature preserve. In partnership with preserve leadership, she developed and directed a successful start-up campaign to raise $34 million in private funding over 3.5 years for preserve operations and endowment.

“With her stellar fundraising background and ability to communicate TNC’s vision to broad audiences, I’m confident she’ll be a strong external presence for TNC in Iowa,” said Rebecca Smith, The Nature Conservancy’s Great Plains Division Director.

As Iowa’s Executive Director, Sarah will work closely with the Board of Trustees to lead the chapter’s strategic direction and talented staff in achieving transformational conservation outcomes that address Iowa’s most pressing natural resource challenges.

“When I left the Midwest in 2013 to pursue a career with The Nature Conservancy, I did so with the intent that one day I would return with a broadened perspective and unique skill-set that could be leveraged to advance impactful conservation outcomes for the lands and waters I hold dear,” said Tanguay. “Nearly eight years later, I am ready to come home.”

Sarah has worked for The Nature Conservancy in California and Idaho, and in 2018 she received TNC’s Worldwide Conservation Award as a member of the Dangermond Preserve Team. She has a Master of Arts in Philanthropy and Organizational Development and a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy, with a concentration in Environmental Ethics, and Minors in Biology and Environmental Studies

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 72 countries and territories: 38 by direct conservation impact and 34 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.