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Lynn Scarlett Joins Sand County Foundation Board of Directors

Lynn Scarlett, who retired in 2021 as Chief External Affairs Officer at The Nature Conservancy, has joined the board of directors of the Sand County Foundation, a national nonprofit organization working at the intersection of agriculture and environmental improvement.

In her role with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Scarlett influenced climate and conservation policy in the United States and the more than 70 countries and territories in which TNC operates. She worked with TNC’s corporate engagement team to advance private-sector partnerships on sustainability and climate change.

Lynn Scarlett

Prior to TNC, she was the Deputy Secretary/Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of the Interior in the George W. Bush Administration, where she also served as Acting Secretary of the Interior in 2006. She is author or co-author of publications on climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, large landscape conservation, and science and decision making.

Scarlett also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the University of California, Santa Barbara Bren School of Environmental Science and Management; the Administrative Board of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the boards of the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation, National Wildlife Refuge Association, and Yellowstone to Yukon organization.

“Lynn Scarlett is widely regarded for her leadership on environmental and conservation issues, and we are delighted and honored that she has decided to join Sand County Foundation’s Board of Directors,” said Kevin McAleese, Sand County Foundation President & CEO.

Scarlett resides in the Santa Barbara, California area. She is an avid birder and hiker.


Sand County Foundation inspires and empowers a growing number of landowners to ethically manage natural resources in their care, so future generations have clean and abundant water, healthy soil to support agriculture, plentiful habitat for wildlife, and opportunities for outdoor recreation.