Laura Landon Cook
Corporate Sustainability Specialist
Laura has diverse experience in wildlife and conservation biology with expertise in endangered species recovery and wildlife research, large-scale conservation planning, organizational strategic planning, personnel & budget management, project management, and volunteer management.
Most recently, Laura focused on the development and implementation of new volunteer program for The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts. She also helped lead a strategic assessment and implementation plan for the Massachusetts chapter’s first urban program in Boston, MA.
Prior to her work with the Massachusetts chapter, Laura was the Deputy Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Strategies Group. This cross-cutting team of 125 scientists, included seven programs – Climate, Freshwater, Forests, Marine, Fire, Invasive Species, and Conservation Planning who provided methods, tools, and resources for Conservancy staff across the globe. Laura played an integral role in the development of the Conservancy’s large-scale conservation planning approach and the Conservancy’s overall strategic planning efforts. While working for The Nature Conservancy, Laura received the prestigious One Conservancy award in 2003 and was a graduating fellow in the John C. Sawhill Leadership Development Program.
Laura received her B.S. from Cornell University and her M.S. from Boise State University. In August 2016, she moved to Tennessee for her husband to pursue his career in conservation. When not working, Laura is busy exploring the natural wonders of Tennessee with husband, 12-year old twins, and rescue dog named Luna. She also volunteers at Warner Park with their migratory bird banding program and is currently enrolled in the Tennessee Naturalist Program.