Lily Verdone

Lily Verdone


Lily Verdone joined The Nature Conservancy in 2010 to work on mission-driven projects with talented colleagues. Over the years, Lily has provided leadership on projects ranging from large-scale river restoration to state-wide strategic planning on coastal development; as well as, partnered with military, government agencies, corporations, NGOs, water districts and farmers to develop and implement strategies that achieve multi-benefit conservation outcomes.
In her current role as Director of Freshwater and Marine for The Nature Conservancy in Texas, Lily is leading a multi-disciplinary team of coastal and freshwater professionals to produce cutting-edge science and work with partners to integrate this science into on-the-ground actions and policy.
Lily has two decades of experience as a soup-to-nuts conservation biologist addressing climate adaptation and urban conservation issues in California, Mexico and the South West. She attended Sonoma State University where she obtained a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Planning and an M.S. in Biology. She is a 2005 Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation Fellow.

Fellow Activity

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Fellow at a Glance

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Sonoma State University, MS
Current Position:
Director of Freshwater and Marine
The Nature Conservancy
Coastal & Marine Issues
Conservation Science & Biology
Energy & Climate Change
Environmental Justice
Environmental Policy & Law
Natural Resource Management
Water Resources
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