Georgia Conservancy names former Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard permanent president

The Georgia Conservancy has shed the word “interim” and named former Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard as its new president.

Howard has served as interim president of the environmental organization since January, following the departure of Jim Stokes, a former partner with Alston & Bird.

In an email to Georgia Conservancy members sent out late Tuesday, Howard stated that the organization “plays a vital role in the conservation of Georgia’s natural resources, and I look forward to the challenge of building a greater network of environmental advocates for our state and developing a truly statewide presence.”

The Conservancy also announced another key staff decision. Allison Wall, director and founder of Georgia Watch, who is being named as senior vice president of the organization.

Wall has worked with state leaders, consumer experts and citizen advocates to promote consumer education and pro-consumer policies across the state, according to the release.

But what was not in the release was the indication that Wall is being positioned to succeed Howard as president at some point in the future.

“We have a monumental opportunity to advance responsible conservation and management of our natural resources and wild areas in Georgia,” Wall said in the release. “Increasingly bi-partisan political consensus, new technologies, federal funding prospects and growing public sentiment are driving this opportunity. We at the Georgia Conservancy have a responsibility to Georgia to lead the way in this effort, and make the most of this moment.”

The firm of Olmstead, Lynch & Kreutz conducted the search for the conservancy free of charge.

The Georgia Conservancy was founded in 1967 to collaborate, advocate and educate the public on protecting Georgia’s natural environment. It has focused on clean air, water, land conservation, coastal protection, growth management and environmental education.

To read Pierre Howard’s comments to Conservancy members, click here.

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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