Delaware Nature Society Announces Interim Executive Director


Joanne McGeoch leads organization effective July 1, 2021

Joanne McGeochJoanne McGeoch has been named Interim Executive Director for Delaware Nature Society (DelNature). DelNature was founded in 1964 and is known for its work in education, conservation, and advocacy. This appointment is part of the transition following the retirement of Executive Director Anne Harper on June 30, 2021.

Joanne McGeoch has been a successful fundraiser and non-profit executive for over 18 years. McGeoch joined DelNature in January 2015 and was promoted to Deputy Executive Director in 2018. McGeoch has expanded the organization’s fundraising to include a robust a portfolio of grants and major gifts during her tenure and has led successful concurrent major gift campaigns to underwrite capital, capacity building, open space protection, and regenerative agriculture. She has a strong background and core understanding of DelNature’s mission and vision.

DelNature President Eric Brinsfield said, “When we learned of Anne’s retirement, the board was pleased to appoint Joanne McGeoch as Interim Executive Director. Serving as both the Chief Development Officer and Deputy Executive Director for the last three and a half years, we were fortunate to have a strong leader ready to step into the role. Joanne and Anne have spent the last few months working closely together to prepare for this transition. The Board will continue to work closely with Joanne as we conduct a national search.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity to support Delaware Nature Society through this important transition. While our board searches for our next Executive Director, I will ensure we continue to do what we have always done best—connect people with nature to improve the environment through education, conservation, and advocacy,” said Joanne McGeoch. “There has never been a more exciting and relevant time to advance our important work to protect and improve the environment, and we’re determined to identify a candidate with a passion for our mission and a bold vision for the future.”

Delaware Nature Society’s Board of Directors is conducting a national search for its next Executive Director.  The search will continue until the best candidate is identified.

About DelNature

DelNature’s mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, conservation, and advocacy. We envision a healthy and sustainable environment for all.

Founded in 1964, DelNature, a state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation, is renowned for educational programming, conservation, and advocacy, providing the tools for communities to take action and promote the health of the environment through land preservation, wildlife protection, and watershed stewardship.            

DelNature manages over 2,000 acres of land statewide, including four nature preserves, and operates four educational sites: : Ashland Nature CenterAbbott’s Mill Nature CenterDuPont Environmental Education Center, and Coverdale Farm Preserve.

Organizational priorities are comprised of three pillars of engagement focused on: working and natural lands, healthy waters, and protecting habitats and wildlife.

Currently, thousands of members and over 1,000 volunteers assist core staff and interns to support DelNature’s mission and help our year-round educational programs, conservation, and advocacy efforts continue to improve and grow.

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