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Kristen Austin

SC Southern Blue Ridge Program Director at The Nature Conservancy

Location
Greenville, South Carolina Area
Industry
Nonprofit Organization Management
Current
  1. The Nature Conservancy
Previous
  1. The Nature Conservancy
Education
  1. University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Websites
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The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy

Southern Blue Ridge Program Director

– Present

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Background

Summary

Regional program director focused on habitat conservation in the Southern Blue Ridge region, with day to day responsibilities specifically in the South Carolina mountains.This work includes leading a variety of projects that consist of, but not limited to, land protection, conservation planning, natural resource management, fundraising efforts and community outreach.

Specialties: Partner coordination, conservation planning, real estate negotiations, fundraising and community relations.

Experience

Southern Blue Ridge Program Director

The Nature Conservancy
– Present (10 years 8 months)Greenville, South Carlina Area

The Southern Blue Ridge Program Director in South Carolina leads and implements conservation strategies focused on the mountains in South Carolina as well as coordinates on specific efforts for the Southern Blue Ridge region.

Tallgrass Prairie Manager/Volunteer Coordinator-Missouri Chapter

The Nature Conservancy
(6 years 3 months)St. Louis and El Dorado Springs, Missouri

In this position I established a new conservation program for the Missouri Chapter of The Nature Conservancy in southwest Missouri. The Wah' Kon-Tah Prairie Program initiative included developing and leading a program to advance tallgrass prairie management and restoration for a 10,000 acre landscape area. Program development included landowner outreach and community organizing in a farming and ranching community, land management planning and implementation, and public-private partnership coordination.

Prior to this position I was the statewide volunteer coordinator for the Missouri Chapter for two years. I developed a statewide volunteer program that supported chapter work throughout all facets of the organization. In this role I grew and managed the program to approximately 200 active volunteers statewide.

Skills

  • Community Outreach
  • Fundraising
  • Community Development
  • Public Relations
  • Program Development
  • Conservation Issues
  • Project Planning
  • Grant Writing
  • Nonprofits
  • Volunteer Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Philanthropy
  • Board Development
  • Natural Resource...

Education

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

B.A., Double Major- Environmental Studies and Religious Studies

Activities and Societies: Chi Omega Sorority, John XXIII student leadership, internship with the Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont

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