The Nature Conservancy Taps Legislator for Alaska Director
The Nature Conservancy (TNC), a national environmental nonprofit, named Ivy Spohnholz as its next Alaska State Director. Spohnholz has served six years in the Alaska House of Representatives and is not seeking a fourth term in her Northeast Anchorage district.
Prior to her service in the legislature, Spohnholz’s career included twenty years in roles with organizations ranging from The Salvation Army, Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis, and the Alaska Conservation Foundation, chiefly focusing on developing partnerships and attracting private investment. She is also a past board chair of the Alaska Children’s Trust.
Spohnholz holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration, both from the University of Washington.
“I am thrilled to be joining the team at The Nature Conservancy,” Spohnholz says. “In Alaska, with our rich resources and a way of life that’s second to none, TNC’s work is both practical and essential. Alaska needs more jobs and lower cost energy that is both sustainable and predictable—especially in the rural and coastal communities that define us. We need to make big progress on adapting to and slowing climate change. There is no organization better positioned to help formulate the breakthroughs we need than The Nature Conservancy.”
Founded in 1989, The Nature Conservancy in Alaska seeks opportunities to advance solutions that work for people and nature in close partnership with businesses, landowners, communities, government agencies, tribes, and Alaska Native corporations. The chair of TNC’s Alaska board of trustees is the chief legal and administrative officer for Chugach Alaska Corporation, Melanie Baca Osbourne.
“On behalf of the board of trustees for The Nature Conservancy in Alaska, I extend a warm welcome to new Alaska State Director Ivy Spohnholz,” Osborne says. “We’re fortunate to have Ivy bringing her lifelong dedication to Alaska and her deep expertise to TNC’s innovative approach to long-lasting conservation solutions. I look forward to working alongside Ivy to advance the special role TNC can play in helping a range of partners address their most pressing challenges.”
A third-generation Alaskan, Spohnholz was born in a dry log cabin in the Wrangell Mountains and currently lives in Anchorage and Talkeetna. In her free time, Spohnholz loves to hike, ski, and gather wild Alaska foods and fish.