Charles Bedford is the Regional Managing Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Asia Pacific Region. Before moving to Beijing, Charles was director of the Conservancy Colorado’s program, managing 70 employees as well as an annual operating budget of $8M and an annual capital budget of $8-40M. Charles led efforts for the creation of the Great Sand Dunes National Park — the newest national park in the U.S. Before joining the Conservancy, Charles was Director of the Colorado State Land Board, where he led management of three million acres of state lands; Legal Counsel and Environmental Policy advisor to Colorado Governor Roy Romer; campaign manager for a U.S. Senate candidate; and attorney with the law firm of Kutak Rock in Denver. Charles grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado. He attended college at Georgetown University and holds a juris doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law.