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Conservation Legacy Announces Interim Chief Executive Officer

For Immediate Release: November 12, 2019 | Durango, Colorado

Conservation Legacy’s Board of Directors announced today the appointment of current Chief Programs Officer Rob Spath as Interim Chief Executive Officer, effective November 15, 2019.

“The Board has confidence in Rob’s ability, capacity, and leadership to head our organization as we move forward with our new Strategic Plan, which includes new goals, including the formalization of our Federation Model. Rob’s extensive background and experience in conservation programming is a valued asset that we expect will yield continued positive results,” states Enrique E. Figueroa, Ph. D., current Board of Directors Chair. 

Rob is stepping in to lead Conservation Legacy with a focus on strengthening the organizational structure, staff and partnerships while also refining strategic direction, key initiatives and deepening the impact of programming in local communities and on young people. “I am truly honored by this opportunity to lead Conservation Legacy. I look forward to furthering the mission of our organization with the help of our valued partners in these exciting and challenging times,” states Mr. Spath.

Conservation Legacy operates local conservation service programs under the leadership of a national organization, delivering high quality programming in communities across the country to produce enduring impact.  Last year, Conservation Legacy engaged over 2,200 youth, young adults and veterans in conservation, restoration and community development projects and contributed 1.2 million hours of service to public lands. Conservation Legacy programs—Appalachian Conservation Corps, Arizona Conservation Corps, Conservation Corps New Mexico, Conservation Corps North Carolina, Southeast Conservation Corps, Southwest Conservation Corps, Stewards Individual Placement Program and Preserve America Youth Summit—engage participants on diverse conservation and community service projects that provide opportunities for personal and professional development and meet the high priority needs of public land managers and community partners. Working in close collaboration with partners across the country, Conservation Legacy advances goals of increasing opportunities in conservation, stewardship, national service and workforce development.