The Gulf Partnership was founded in 2010 by the Land Trust Alliance, the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA), and partners across the Gulf of Mexico. From its humble beginnings as a coalition of like-minded conservationists, the Gulf Partnership became a dissemination platform, connecting people, the resources, and their communities.
In 2020, the Gulf Partnership became a stand-alone 501(c)3 nonprofit and continued to grow, creating new conservation programs while continuing to connect the conservation community across the region.
Our mission is to increase the pace, quality, and permanence of voluntary land and water conservation within the coastal region.
Focused on landscape-scale conservation, the Gulf Partnership works across Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Our diverse coalition aims to build a community of practice with conservation nonprofits, foundations, businesses, and federal, state, and local agencies to strategically address the environmental challenges of the region through a public-private partnership model.
Our member organizations work with private landowners, government agencies, and local communities to protect the region’s most critical natural resources and beautiful landscapes: ranchlands, mangrove forests, freshwater springs, longleaf pine and bottomland hardwood forests, sandy beaches, and barrier islands.
Our members combine decades worth of experience working to permanently conserve public and private lands and waters for habitat, scenic and cultural resources, nature-based recreation, resilience, water quality, and numerous other natural and human services.
Mary Anne Piacentini (Chair): Coastal Prairie Conservancy
Shane Wellendorf (Past Chair): Tall Timbers
Matt Singer (Vice Chair): Galveston Bay Foundation
Kara Fox (Treasurer): National Audubon Society
Josh Green (Secretary): Ducks Unlimited
Traci Deen: Conservation Florida
Katie Brasted: Woodlands Conservancy
Sara Guice: Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain
Erica Hernandez: Alachua Conservation Trust
Debi Osborne: Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast
Becky Stowe: The Nature Conservancy
Billy Van Pelt: American Farmland Trust
Beau Hardegree - US Fish and Wildlife Service
Christina Mohrman - Gulf of Mexico Alliance
Ben Miles - Land Trust Alliance
Dan Van Nostrand - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration