Gary Nelson

Director of Individual Giving

Gary joined Natural Lands in 2018 as the Director of Individual Giving. As part of the development team, Gary supports all of those who make our work possible: Natural Lands’ members.

Prior to working for Natural Lands, Gary had a decade of development and marketing experience in the non-profit sector–and many miles under his boots as an avid backpacker, conservation volunteer, and committed member of the Pack it Out movement.

A native of Chicago, Gary earned a BA in English and Philosophy from DePaul University.

Ask Gary about: his decade-old sourdough starter and why everyone should bake their own bread.