Great Peninsula Conservancy Hires New Executive Director

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FOR RELEASE June 3, 2019


Nathan Daniel
Executive Director (as of June 1, 2019)
(360) 373-3500 office

Margaret ‘Kit’ Ellis
(253) 209-0105

BREMERTON, WA (June 3, 2019) – Great Peninsula Conservancy (GPC) announces the hiring of Nathan Daniel as its new executive director.

Nathan Daniel comes to Great Peninsula Conservancy with over a decade of experience in land conservation, outdoor education, and nonprofit management. Daniel takes over leadership of GPC following the recent retirement of longtime executive director Sandra Staples-Bortner, who led the land trust through a period of tremendous growth.

“The board is confident that Nate will help Great Peninsula Conservancy continue its successful record of protecting the lands and waters of our region,” said board president Kit Ellis. “He brings a wealth of experience and a passion for conservation and community engagement.”

In 2013 Daniel co-founded Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation in Reno, Nevada where he held the position of executive director for the last six years. In that role, Daniel worked to protect and advocate for public lands in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains. He created and managed programs that connected residents with the land and provided opportunities for people to become environmental stewards through community science.

“I have always believed I could make the greatest impact through work that preserves and restores ecologically valuable lands while connecting people to nature,” said Daniel. “Now I have an incredible opportunity to carry out that work here on the peninsula with GPC’s amazing staff, board of directors, and community members. It’s truly humbling, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Daniel holds an M.S. in Environmental Science from Ohio University. He has worked with the National Park Service and US Forest Service on projects related to climate change and engaging young people in conservation. He spent time in Great Smoky Mountains National Park as an educator and naturalist helping to reconnect people with the natural world. He also served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Russian Far East and one year in East Timor.

“Nate brings wonderful people skills to this position and is very experienced in working with a wide range of groups. He’s a good listener and is enthusiastically learning about what makes the Great Peninsula so special,” concluded Great Peninsula Conservancy president Ellis.

Nate encourages all interested community members to contact him anytime at (360) 373-3500 or at nate@greatpeninsula.org.

About Great Peninsula Conservancy

Great Peninsula Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust working to protect forever the natural habitats, rural landscapes, and open spaces of the Great Peninsula — a region encompassing Kitsap, north Mason, and west Pierce counties, Washington. Great Peninsula Conservancy has protected over 10,500 acres of this spectacular region of west Puget Sound, including magnificent forests, saltwater shorelines, salmon streams, and wildlife-rich estuaries. Learn more at www.greatpeninsula.org.