The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin is excited to announce the hiring of Lamont Smith as the new Milwaukee Program Manager. The position is brand new and will help kick off and guide TNC’s conservation work with communities and partners in Wisconsin’s biggest city.
Smith joins TNC after working as a Senior Analyst with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, where he conducted policy research and contributed to local planning efforts to increase the impact of; community-based programs and advocacy efforts that support neighborhoods and families, and strengthen water sustainability and access to water industry careers.
Smith also led the development of an equity-focused capacity building model to assist organizations with the adoption of culturally responsive and equitable practices to improve their ability to contribute to social equity goals. Prior to that, he was an integral part of the implementation team for a cross-sector funder collaborative focused on improving skilled-trade career pathways in Milwaukee, funded by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.
There’s no question that two of the major issues of our time are environmental sustainability and climate change.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Smith received his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from UW-Madison and his graduate degree from LaFollette School of Public Affairs. He cites working two summer seasons for the Milwaukee County Parks and childhood adventures—fishing, biking trails, and playing other sports in those same parks—as inspiring his love of nature.
“There’s no question that two of the major issues of our time are environmental sustainability and climate change,” Smith says. “To know that there’s an organization that’s been working on these challenges for decades and across the globe and that is now interested in doing work in Milwaukee, I think that is a phenomenal opportunity for the city, and I'm very glad to be part of launching the program here.”
Smith’s focus will be on building partnerships with existing environmental organizations in the city, with an eye toward tackling challenges and opportunities related to water quality, urban heat islands, climate resiliency, community engagement, and environmental justice.
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.