Virginia Project and Partnership Coordinator

John brings more than four decades of leadership and management experience to the Chesapeake Conservancy. He was with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation for 37 years and for his last 12 years there he was the Director of the Division of Planning and Recreation Resources where he oversaw the acquisition planning and development of VA state parks, handled the agencies Land and Water Conservation grants program, implemented the state’s scenic river and Virginia byways program as well as the development and implementation of the State’s Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation and Open Space Plan. He also served as the Department’s liaison to the Bay program and chaired its multi-state public access work group. For the past 8 years John worked for the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office and served as their lesion and coordinator for projects in Virginia including the development of the first segment plan for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, worked with a variety of partners in developing new access sites and paddle-in campsites to support of the trail and coordinated trail efforts with local and state agencies. John is a graduate of Virginia Tech and received a BS in Forestry and Wildlife as well as a Masters in Natural Resource Planning. He will be serving part time as the Virginia projects and partnership coordinator for the Conservancy.