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 Natural Lands’ greatest assets: our members and all of those who make our conservation work possible.

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 prized sourdough starter and how you—yes, you—can bake your own bread too.