President & CEO
Liz McLaurin believes that land connects us to one another, reminds us that we are a part of the natural world, and refreshes the human spirit. During her eleven years of service to The Land Trust for Tennessee, Liz has been devoted to ensuring that the organization grows in its strength as one most effective, strategic, and respected land trusts in our nation.
Liz has generational roots in Tennessee and was drawn here as a student by the sense of place offered by the Domain of Sewanee: The University of the South. She started her career in theatre, acting in both New York City and in regional theatre. Before joining The Land Trust for Tennessee, Liz held positions at Vanderbilt University, Nashville Public Television, Nashville Public Radio, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, and Colgate University.
Currently, Liz serves on the Land Trust Alliance National Council, the Williamson County Comprehensive Land Use Plan Advisory Committee, Nashville’s Sustainability Advisory Board, the Center for Nonprofit Management’s CEO Council, the Alumni Board of Leadership Franklin, the Williamson County Stormwater Appeals Board, and chairs the Land Acquisitions Committee of the Board of Franklin’s Charge. Liz also co-chairs the Resilience & Adaptation Subcommittee of the Mayor of Nashville’s Sustainability Advisory Committee. She received the EQB Award from the Associated Alumni of The University of the South, is a graduate of Leadership Franklin, was a winner of Nashville Business Journal’s 2014 Women of Influence Awards, and has been named to Nashville Post’s In Charge List multiple times.
Liz lives with her husband, three sons, chickens, horses, and a dog on a farm in the Leiper’s Fork community of Williamson County.
We work with extraordinary landowners from all walks of life who have share a common perspective: they see the life of the land beyond their own lives. We all consider it a privilege to help them achieve their generous visions for their land. It is so fulfilling to work with such a dedicated team to protect these places that make Tennessee distinctive.