South Carolina Names New Executive Director, Dale Threatt-Taylor
Recognized in North Carolina for her conservation leadership and passion—her colleagues nicknamed her the “conservation evangelist”—Dale Threatt-Taylor has joined The Nature Conservancy in South Carolina as the program’s new executive director. She succeeds Mark Robertson, who headed the program for more than 20 years before retiring in January 2020.
As director, Threatt-Taylor serves as the chief executive and conservation strategist for the South Carolina Chapter of the Conservancy, as well as plays a leading role in regional initiatives, including the South Atlantic seascape, Southern Blue Ridge and longleaf pine range. She leads the chapter’s programs to protect land and water, restore forests, secure fresh water, make fisheries more sustainable, adapt to a changing climate and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Threatt-Taylor also manages the chapter’s leadership team, advances conservation fundraising and ensures the program’s financial sustainability.
“I’m honored to lead such an outstanding organization as The Nature Conservancy and to be heading a program supported by committed, visionary and generous partners and friends,” says Threatt-Taylor. “I look forward to working with my new conservation family toward a healthier, more beautiful South Carolina.”
Threatt-Taylor brings more than 25 years of conservation leadership, deep academic expertise in agriculture science and a talent for effective communication to her new role. Since 2008, she has served as director of the Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District in Raleigh, N.C. Her skill in building strong, trusted partnerships between farmers and conservation groups was recognized by appointments to the Duke Energy Water Resources Fund, City of Oaks Foundation and Governor Roy Cooper’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund Board.
Prior to being named district director in Wake County, Threatt-Taylor worked in the field as a conservation technician for Wake County and a soil conservationist for the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. She has served on local, regional and national boards.
Threatt-Taylor holds a Master of Environmental Management form the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, N.C., and a Bachelor of Science in Conservation with a concentration in soil science from North Carolina State University (NCSU). She also completed NCSU’s Agricultural Leadership Development Program.
After growing up across the border from South Carolina in Union County, N.C., Dale is excited to expand her conservation family into the Palmetto State. She is based in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., where her home proudly flies what is probably the city’s only Wolfpack flag.
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