Greg Yankee Named Executive Director

Greg Yankee has accepted the position of executive director at Little Forks Conservancy. He will be joining our team on October 17.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Greg to Little Forks and to our mid-Michigan community,” said Board President Jon DeGroot. “After a careful and deliberate search, we believe his breadth of experience makes him a wonderful addition to our organization.”

Greg previously served as the executive director for the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts (CCLT), a statewide land conservation nonprofit based in Denver. He joined CCLT in 2008 as Colorado Conservation Trust Fellow, then was named its policy director in 2009.

During his six years at CCLT, he directed educational, outreach, and policy efforts on behalf of over 50 land conservancies and open space programs that collectively protect over 2 million acres. In addition, he was appointed by the Governor of Colorado to serve as the Commissioner representing land conservation on the Colorado Scenic & Historic Byways Commission.

Greg was also an active member of the Denver community, serving with Denver Kids, Inc. Young Professional Council and the Friends of Clyfford Still Museum.

He said, “Early in life, I developed a love and appreciation for Michigan’s amazing natural resources on my grandparents’ properties in Traverse City and Fennville.”

A native of Michigan, he grew up in southern Wayne County, spent his college summers working in Detroit, and earned his J.D. at The University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor.

He concluded, “I am so excited to return to my home state and to continue the tremendous work of LFC in protecting what makes mid-Michigan such a special place.”

The Board of Directors and staff look forward to working with Greg as we continue our mission to permanently protect and preserve our mid-Michigan community.

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