Our People

Jenny Brown

Conservation Programs Director

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Jenny Brown Director of Conservation for Nature United © Melody Charlie

Areas of Focus

Implementation of the strategic plan, focused on climate change and Indigenous-led conservation.

Media Contact

Jacqueline Nunes
ph. +1 416 526-7353


Through this work, I have seen the world change, individual places change, and individual people change and grow. We make a difference in the world—it’s inspiring!


As Conservation Programs Director, Jenny manages the conservation team, supporting their strategic decision making, innovations, and development as individuals. She leads the engagement with Nature United's global affiliate, The Nature Conservancy, and the organization's global conservation programs, focusing on the 2030 conservation goal. As part of the leadership team, she also plays a key role in setting the direction of Nature United as a whole.

Jenny has an engineering degree, and worked briefly as an aerospace engineer before volunteering for the U.S. National Park Service, which ignited her passion for conservation.  She then obtained her PhD in ecology from University of California Davis and began working for The Nature Conservancy as an intern after graduating 25 years ago.

Since she began, Jenny has worked for its Oregon program, as a research and monitoring lead at Sycan Marsh preserve and then later as the lead on a groundwater and biodiversity assessment of the Pacific Northwest, and Minnesota program, as the Director of Conservation Science. In 2008, she came to the Canada program to work with First Nations on the coast of B.C. and to support northern conservation.

She lives with her husband, Todd, and two dogs. In her spare time, she is an avid cross-country skier, backpacker,  swimmer and gardener, and she volunteers for Methow at Home, which provides services to seniors, allowing them to live at home for longer.

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