Don Kent joins NatureServe as Director of Network Relations

Kyle Copas

Director of Marketing and Communications

Published date: 
Wed, 07/18/2012

NatureServe is pleased to announce that Donald M. Kent, Ph.D., will join the organization as director of network relations on August 1, 2012.

Don arrives after five years as the administrator of the New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau, our network member program in the Granite State. During his tenure in Concord, he showed energy and leadership in the service of the network, actively participating on NatureServe’s U.S. Section Council and developing workshops, symposia, and facilitated discussions for recent Biodiversity Without Boundaries conferences.

Along with his in-depth knowledge of our network, Don brings a wealth of experience in organizational management, team building, networking, marketing, training, and conservation science. His professional experience includes serving as:

  • Expert technical advisor for the multi-agency South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force
  • Executive director of the Community Watershed Fund
  • Technical director of environmental research and planning for Disney
  • Board member and instructor for the U.S. Environmental Training Institute

The variety of skills that Don has developed through his 25-year career in public, private for-profit, and nonprofit sectors will enrich our ability to support the NatureServe network and help build capacity both within individual member programs and across the network as a whole.

“I am thrilled to have Don Kent join the NatureServe executive team,” said Mary L. Klein, president and CEO of NatureServe. “His high-caliber skills, demonstrated leadership, and collaborative nature make Don the perfect match for the needs of our network and our member programs.”

“Having been fortunate to work with a great team at New Hampshire Natural Heritage, I welcome the opportunity to collaborate with equally talented and dedicated people across the NatureServe network,” said Don. “Working together, we can provide the scientific basis for effective conservation actions critical for the sustainable management of natural resources.”

The Director of Network Relations is responsible for leading the development and implementation of strategies that enhance the capacity, engagement, growth, and mission effectiveness of NatureServe’s network of member organizations. The position is pivotal within NatureServe because it serves as the facilitator of open and forward-looking communication among members of the network and staff, acts as the liaison with the Canadian, Latin American, and U.S. Section Councils, and serves as the primary staff interface with the Membership Committee of NatureServe’s Board of Directors.