TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Conservation District has a new executive director, and she’s no stranger to the region’s land and water.
Marsha Clark was born and raised just a few miles from Traverse City, and she couldn’t be more happy to be back home.
“I am just delighted to be back again doing the work I love in northern Michigan, the place I love,” she said. “I’ve always been a steward of the land.”
Board member Jim Teahen said Clark stood out from others in the applicant pool because of her management experience in nonprofits. She’s been in the field for almost three decades and spent several years as the Girl Scouts of Crooked Tree’s chief executive officer.
“She has a lot of management experience, and she has a tremendous amount of fundraising experience, which is important to us,” Teahen said. “And she’s been very successful at it.”
Clark said her first focus is to analyze the mission and function of the organization so that she can lead the Conservation District in the right direction. Part of that is reaching out to community members and gauging their needs.
“I am very excited to make sure that we are meeting our mission and to have some time to talk with people in the community to make sure that we are on target with what the needs are,” Clark said.
Wendy Warren, director of programs at the Conservation District, said part of what makes Clark a good fit for the director position is her connection and commitment to the Grand Traverse community.
“We’re excited to have Marsha because she’s very familiar with the area. She knows a lot of people, and a lot of people know her,” Warren said.
Clark said the organization is essential to the area’s economic and environmental health, and her job is to keep it moving forward.