Executive director for The Nature Conservancy in South Carolina.
Dale Threatt-Taylor Executive director for The Nature Conservancy in South Carolina. © Brian Crawford


South Carolina Names New Executive Director, Dale Threatt-Taylor

Columbia, SC

Recognized broadly for her conservation leadership and passion—her colleagues have nicknamed her the “conservation evangelist”—Dale Threatt-Taylor is executive director of The Nature Conservancy in South Carolina.

She serves as the chief executive and conservation strategist for TNC's South Carolina program, as well as plays a leading role in regional initiatives, including the South Atlantic Seascape, Southern Blue Ridge and longleaf pine range.  She spearheads programs that aim to protect land and water, restore forests, secure fresh water, make fisheries more sustainable, adapt to a changing climate and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Threatt-Taylor also managesTNC’s South Carolina leadership team, advances conservation fundraising and ensures the program’s financial sustainability.

“I’m honored to lead such an outstanding organization as The Nature Conservancy and to be heading a program supported by committed, visionary and generous partners and friends,” says Threatt-Taylor. “I look forward to working with my conservation family toward a healthier, more beautiful South Carolina.”

Before joining TNC, Threatt-Taylor served as director of the Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District in Raleigh, N.C.  Her skill in building strong, trusted partnerships between farmers and conservation groups was recognized by appointments to the Duke Energy Water Resources Fund, City of Oaks Foundation and Governor Roy Cooper’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund Board.

She also has worked in the field as a conservation technician for Wake County and a soil conservationist for the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.  She has served on local, regional and national boards.

Threatt-Taylor holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, and a Bachelor of Science in Conservation with a concentration in soil science from North Carolina State University (NCSU).  She also completed NCSU’s Agricultural Leadership Development Program.

She is based in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., where her home proudly flies what is probably the city’s only Wolfpack flag.

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