Conservation Legacy Announces Amy Sovocool as Chief Executive Officer
For Immediate Release: Monday, March 27, 2021
Durango, Colorado—Conservation Legacy's Board of Directors has announced Amy Sovocool as the organization's Chief Executive Officer, effective April 3, 2023. Sovocool joins a strong and proven team of leaders at Conservation Legacy and a cadre of female leadership amongst the nation’s top conservation corps organizations.
Sovocool has over 20 years of experience working in the conservation corps industry. Her career began as a field leader, managing and facilitating meaningful impact on people and places through hands-on service and work. She last held the Chief External Affairs Officer and Chief Operating Officer (COO) roles with Conservation Legacy, before working in the COO role with the Grand Canyon Conservancy. Utilizing her experience, strength, and passion for this work, she has helped lead and transform corps programs and the industry locally and nationally.
Under her prior leadership, Conservation Legacy experienced significant growth as she engaged with all aspects of organizational and strategic development. As programs grew, she led structural and strategic efforts in key areas including business and finance operations, marketing and communications, grant development, engagement with elected officials, fund development, partnership development, and community engagement. She is committed to providing experiences for young people from all backgrounds to thrive and drives opportunities for engagement that support individual development and success.
Sovocool helped create signature programs for Conservation Legacy including Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps, Appalachian Conservation Corps, the Veterans Fire Corps, Stewards Individual Placements, Southeast Conservation Corps, and Conservation Corps North Carolina. She has also held positions as Commissioner for Serve Colorado and as Vice Chair for the Southwest Institute on Education and Conservation.
"I am thrilled to return to Conservation Legacy and am energized by the mission, people, and the long-term opportunity to build on the strength of the organization. Providing high-quality, inclusive, and accessible conservation experiences for young people across the country is critical, and I am excited to elevate and sustain this work," said Sovocool.
"Amy has proven effective in building strong partnerships, sustainable funding, and long-term development that keeps Conservation Legacy an industry leader. She is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and environmental justice. Through her leadership, Conservation Legacy will continue to grow as an innovative national conservation organization," said Board of Directors Chair David Muraki.
For 25 years, Conservation Legacy has been engaging individuals to complete important conservation projects, envisioning a legacy of healthy lands, air, and water; thriving people, and resilient communities. Conservation Legacy provides support for local conservation service programs under the leadership of a national organization, delivering high-quality programming in communities across the country, engaging future leaders who protect, restore, and enhance our nation’s lands through community-based service. More information can be found at www.conservationlegacy.org.