For over 20 years David has dedicated his career to protecting and stewarding biological diversity, as well as natural and agricultural lands in Illinois and Wisconsin. Prior to joining the Conservancy he served as Director of Wisconservation Corps & Lands Programs for the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin; Program Director for The Conservancy Fund; Project Coordinator for Gathering Waters Conservancy; and Director of Land Protection for the Natural Land Institute. Early in David’s career he served in seasonal positions as assistant arborist with the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District (IL), and as avian researcher/wildlife technician with the US Fish & Wildlife Service (TX & AK) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (NM).
David has a Masters of Science in Environment and Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with an emphasis on collaborative conservation, land trusts and policy/program implementation. His masters thesis focused on implementation of Wisconsin’s Nonprofit Component of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. David and his wife, Meredith, have two wonderful children, Colette and Willem.