President & CEO
Liz McLaurin is the President & CEO and visionary leader of The Land Trust for Tennessee. During her eleven years of service, Liz has been steadfast in her work to further the organization’s standing as one most successful and respected land trusts in our nation.
Liz succeeded The Land Trust for Tennessee’s founding President and CEO, Jeanie Nelson. During her first year as President and CEO, The Land Trust for Tennessee protected over 18,000 acres and brought over $16 Million to the closing table for conservation. In 2015, Liz led a strategic planning process that charts the course for the organization through 2020. In 2018, she spearheaded the relocation of the organization’s Nashville office to the historic Glen Leven Farm, rooting the organization in a place that embodies both its vision and mission. This year, under her leadership, The Land Trust has undertaken a strategic conservation planning process that sets priorities for proactive conservation across the state.
Liz serves on the Williamson County Comprehensive Land Use Plan Advisory Committee, the Center for Nonprofit Management’s CEO Council, the Alumni Board of Leadership Franklin, the Harlinsdale Committee of Friends of Franklin Parks, Tennessee State Parks’ Planning Committee, and the Board of Franklin’s Charge. Liz served on Metro Nashville’s Livable Nashville Committee, Nashville’s Plan to Play Steering Committee, and the Nashville Food Waste Initiative Committee. She 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 has generational roots in Tennessee and was drawn here as a student by the sense of place that the Domain of Sewanee: The University of the South offered. She started her career in theatre, acting in both New York 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.
Liz lives with her husband and three sons on a farm in the Leiper’s Fork community of Williamson County. A vacation for the McLaurins involves camping, hiking, kayaking, fishing, visiting historic sites, and biking – with a little music on the side.
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.