Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

March 25, 2023, Wesleyan University, Middletown

Usdan Center, 45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown.

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David Sutherland

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David Sutherland

Equity Trainer & Facilitator

For the last eight of the 30 years he spent as The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Director of Government Relations in Connecticut, David also served as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion trainer and leader for the organization. He was the founding Co-Chair of TNC’s first State Chapter Diversity and Inclusion team, co-facilitated three-day diversity workshops for TNC’s global Engaging Across Difference program; and served as global co-lead of TNC’s Men as Allies gender equity initiative.

After moving to Cape Cod in March 2020, David transitioned out of his TNC career, into broader diversity and inclusion work. He is a network partner with The Collective 180 consulting firm, and a Consulting Partner with KJR Consulting: Home – KJR Consulting, working with corporate and non-profit clients, such as Warner Media, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Save the Sound, Results for Development (R4D) Oxfam, and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

David holds a B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch University. He enjoys cycling, hiking, kayaking, playing guitar, and good conversation.

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