William L. Allen III

Vice President, Sustainable Programs; Director, Strategic Conservation Planning


Will AllenWith the Fund over 20 years, Will currently oversees the Fund’s Sustainable Programs which are organized around four business lines: the Freshwater Institute, the Resourceful Communities Program, Strategic Conservation Planning Services, and the Conservation Leadership Network. Will also coordinates organization-wide integrated services across the Fund’s business units and directs Conservation Planning services in Chapel Hill, NC. 

Will manages the Fund’s design and delivery of integrated solutions and customized planning services, including green infrastructure plans, strategic mitigation, ecosystem service and optimization models, data-driven decision support maps and tools, and tactical conservation guidance. Will and his team support a wide range of initiatives including multi-species habitat conservation plans, metropolitan greenspace networks, and reuse of urban vacant and underutilized lands. Will and his team have received planning and mapping awards from the American Planning Association, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and Esri, Inc. 

Will also serves as an instructor for green infrastructure seminars and courses, publishes peer reviewed journal and trade publication articles, and serves as co-editor-in-chief and managing editor of the Journal of Conservation Planning. Will is a member of the American Planning Association and co-founder of the Society for Conservation GIS. Will holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Stanford University and a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Contact: wallen@conservationfund.org   Phone: 919-967-2248   Office: Strategic Conservation Planning, National Headquarters (NC)

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