Tim Sullivan is the Climate Director for the North American Region of The Nature Conservancy. He oversees work in all 50 states to develop a climate change program including work on state-level policy; land-based emissions mitigation, and communication and outreach projects.
Prior to this, he was the State Director for The Conservancy’s Colorado Chapter. As State Director he was responsible for the strategic vision and direction of the chapter, overseeing a diverse staff of professionals across the state, and reaching across borders to support the Conservancy’s work in other states and countries. Tim was earlier Conservation Initiatives Director for the Colorado program, managing programs in Science, Fire, Water, and Land Protection. He led the development of The Conservancy’s whole-system Colorado River Program.
Tim has more than 25 years of leadership experience in international, national, and local conservation efforts. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, he served as Regional Director for the Environmental Defense Fund, guiding their programs in seven states in the Rocky Mountain west. Tim was Deputy Director for Conservation Programs for the Chicago Zoological Society and worked for the World Conservation Union’s (IUCN) Species Survival Commission. He also served as an aide to Senator Tim Wirth with responsibility for environmental and public lands issues. He served on the Board of the Quivira Coalition from 2005 to 2015.
He has an undergraduate degree in Biology and History from Cornell University and a master’s degree in Conservation Biology from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.