Mike Conner, Senior Project Director, manages the California Chapter’s land interests in the North and Central Coast ecoregion, including purchases, sales, financing, transfers, and stewardship of conservation lands. He has worked in conservation since 1990. In the land deals he has closed throughout California, he has helped raised some $79 million in public and private funds to protect a total more than 50,000 acres. He joined The Nature Conservancy’s California Chapter in 2001 as a field representative and member of the land acquisition team and authored the conceptual area plan for the 50,000-acre Cosumnes River Preserve. In 2004 he became a project manager and real estate specialist for the Cosumnes River, Sacramento River, and Northern Sierra Projects. From 2007 to early 2011, he directed the Cosumnes River Preserve while maintaining his role as Director of Real Estate of the Central Valley and Mountains Region. Before coming to the Conservancy, Mr. Conner worked for ten years as an ecologist for the City of Davis, where he developed the Davis Wetlands Site, a 400-acre native wetlands ecosystem, and authored wildlife management plans for the city’s natural areas. Previously, he worked for The Peregrine Fund and the Arkansas House of Representatives. A former president of the California Native Grasslands Association, he holds a B.A. from Tufts University.