A pathway through a grassy area overlooking a body of water and the Chicago skyline at the Rainbow Beach Park Natural Area.
MRCC170315_D542 A pathway through a grassy area overlooking a body of water and the Chicago skyline at the Rainbow Beach Park Natural Area. © Emanuel Love


Thomas Neises Named Chief Development Officer of The Nature Conservancy

Today, The Nature Conservancy announced that Thomas Neises has been named Chief Development Officer.  Neises was named to this role permanently after serving as Acting Chief Development Officer since December 2019.  

“I am honored to lead the talented and dedicated staff and volunteers who devote their expertise and passion to making the world a better place for people and nature ,” said Neises. “After 20 years of working at The Nature Conservancy, I continue to be inspired by our community of donors, partners and staff around the globe. Together, we will work to address the climate crisis and to protect and restore our natural world for the benefit of nature and for all people.”

As Chief Development Officer Neises will oversee TNC’s fundraising and membership teams as well as implement key initiatives that will further engage supporters globally in the full scope and scale of the Conservancy’s work.

“Tom’s approachable leadership style, demonstrated track record of inclusivity and willingness to try innovative approaches is an enormous benefit to TNC,” said Jennifer Morris, CEO of The Nature Conservancy. “I look forward to continuing our partnership with him in this permanent role as a key member of the Executive Leadership Team.”

Neises began his career at TNC in the Illinois chapter as the director of gift planning. Over the past two decades, he has held a series of positions in gift planning, philanthropy planning and principal gifts, and as associate chief development officer. Most notably, Neises designed and led the Conservancy’s most ambitious and impactful campaign to date, the Our World Campaign, which successfully raised $8 billion dollars for conservation globally.

Prior to joining The Conservancy Tom worked in fundraising at a large social service agency in Chicago and as a senior account executive at SPSS Statistical Software. He holds a law degree from DePaul University.

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.