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New Leaders Join The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Two new staff at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in New Mexico will help lead the growing challenges facing our land and water.

Susan Millsap will serve as TNC’s new director of conservation and will provide leadership and program support for new and current initiatives in New Mexico, including land and freshwater protection as well as forest health, climate change, clean energy production and urban conservation. Projects under her leadership will build resiliency in the face of climate change and improve the quality of life for New Mexico residents.

Millsap brings 30 years of conservation leadership experience with federal and state agencies, including work with the Cibola National Forest and Grasslands and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“I’m excited to be part of The Nature Conservancy where I can leverage our science and partnerships to develop solutions that will truly make a difference,” Millsap said. “As we see the effects of climate change all around us, protecting everything we know and love in New Mexico is more important now than ever before.”

Melissa McLamb will fill TNC’s conservation coordinator position. She will be responsible for assisting conservation staff with all aspects of the Conservancy’s on-the-ground projects. McLamb has a wide range of project management and facilitation experience promoting healthy and sustainable communities through conservation and educational efforts.

McLamb says, while she initially set out to be an educator, she realized along the way that “education is part of everything we do in conservation and the coordinator’s role is essential to facilitating positive change and building connections.”

The two new positions bring the chapter’s staff to 14 people.

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