My Background

For over 20 years I have been privileged to work in natural resource conservation, non-profit law and historic preservation. This experience has led me to a great deal of knowledge in resource policy.  My background is broad and I have learned both natural and historic resource issues.

As the founding Executive Director of Palmetto Conservation Foundation, I helped to preserve over 20,000 acres of historic and environmentally sensitive land. Today I work in a wide range of legal and planning areas and offer my particular expertise in conservation planning to reach landowner goals.

Working with local governments has been a constant part of my work since 1989. I developed numerous programs to protect sensitive resources and am well versed in land use and regulatory law. Non-profit law is another key part of my practice.

Developing the Palmetto Trail, a 420-mile path connecting South Carolina’s mountains to the sea has been a rewarding experience. I have acquired a great deal of expertise in public access issues such as trail right-of-ways and rail banking.

Any large conservation project has a financial element to it. I have a great deal of experience raising money for worthy projects. Practice has taught me how to connect a good idea with the resources to make it successful.

Recently I have started working with the non-profit community with communications projects. In 2008 I published The Edisto River Companion, a guide to enjoying this great South Carolina waterway. This has lead to partnerships with organizations to implement their communications projects. I often conduct workshops, presentations and outings.

My law degree is from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law, and I am a member of the South Carolina Bar. My Bachelors of Art and Masters of Public Administration are from the College of Charleston. Earlier in my career I worked for the World Wildlife Fund, the City of Chicago and Charleston County, South Carolina.

This is a varied history that has left me with a lot of experience.  Let me help your organization.