The Nature Conservancy in Iowa Announces Kristin Aschenbrenner as State Director

August 01, 2018

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Iowa announces Kristin Aschenbrenner as the new state director. Located at the Iowa Field Office in downtown Des Moines, Kristin began the state director role on Monday, July 30th, 2018.

Having served the last four years as TNC in Iowa’s director of external affairs, Kristin is well versed in the challenges and solutions to Iowa’s most pressing land, water and climate challenges. Her work on Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy funding, Mississippi River Basin nutrient reduction plan and state and federal policy has kept TNC priorities in front of Iowa’s decision makers. Kristin also played a pivotal role in launching TNC’s renewable energy initiative including a program (Solarize) that boosts the use of solar arrays in Iowa communities with group solar purchasing power. Kristin is well equipped to continue the progress and important conservation work The Nature Conservancy in Iowa has prioritized over the years.

As an Iowa native who chose to come back to the state after a decade away, Kristin now lives on her family’s farm in rural Cumming, Iowa. She believes all Iowans want to make Iowa a place more people come home to and looks forward to continuing to work with TNC’s local and national partners to protect the lands and water we depend on in the great state of Iowa.

“In my tenure as The Nature Conservancy in Iowa’s state director, I hope to continue to build on the program’s collaborative and non-confrontational approach; to find common ground in uncommon places,” Kristin said, “TNC has a long history of diverse partnerships in Iowa to address some of the state’s most pressing conservation challenges and I look forward to continuing this tradition.”

The Nature Conservancy is working to find solutions that ensure people and nature thrive far into the future. In Iowa, TNC scientists are working to preserve and restore tall grass prairie in the geographically unique Loess Hills, protect the vast biological diversity of Iowa’s Land of the Swamp White Oak, provide communities such as Des Moines and Cedar Rapids with tangible and natural solutions to address flooding, provide conservation expertise and support to Iowa’s farmers regarding agricultural conservation practices that are right for their operation through the 4R Plus campaign and so much more.

The Nature Conservancy has more than 600 scientists working around the world to identify the greatest challenges we face today. For more than 65 years, the organization has been guided by science to achieve its mission to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

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Contact information

Maggie Keller
Communications Coordinator
505 5th Ave, Suite 930
Des Moines, IA 50309


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