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Luke IversonDirector of Conservation Impact

As Director of Conservation Impact for The Land Trust for Tennessee, Luke is our chief advocate for data-driven conservation. He guides and furthers our statewide mission with his data and systems architecture, geospatial analysis, and cartography expertise. A certified GISP, Luke is fascinated by the power of good data, finding his place in the intersection of art and science. He is responsible for creating and refining the foundation of The Land Trust’s strategic conservation plan, ensuring that our resources and efforts are effectively utilized.

Born and raised in a small town outside of Chicago, Luke’s early work experience on his family cattle ranch in central Montana gave him a deep appreciation for nature, agriculture, and open space. His love of music brought him to Nashville, where he graduated from Belmont University with a degree in philosophy. Luke joined The Land Trust in 2013 and has held many roles within the organization, ranging from fundraising to GIS specialist. He is now based in our Chattanooga office, where he and his family enjoy exploring our beautiful state. You will often find them hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, or just plain exploring.

There has never been a more important time to accelerate the pace and quality of conservation in Tennessee. I’m proud to be able to serve alongside a driven team to do work that everyone can benefit from, both today and hundreds of years from now.