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Alex Wyss, Executive Director Tennessee State Park Conservancy.

Alex Wyss, Executive Director

Alex Wyss serves as the Executive Director of Tennessee State Parks Conservancy, championing fundraising efforts and working with Tennessee State Parks to enhance experiences for all to enjoy.
Alex has 30 years of experience in conservation and fundraising and has tackled all types of environmental challenges throughout his career.

Alex comes from The Nature Conservancy, where he served as Director of Conservation and led statewide initiatives in forest restoration and freshwater preservation, as well as agricultural and fire–adapted systems. His leadership in land and water conservation initiatives integrated outdoor recreation and economic development.

Alex’s achievements include safeguarding iconic sites like Hatchie River and Pogue Creek State Natural Area, as well as playing a key role in the creation of Middle Fork Bottoms State Park, a 1,000-acre public recreation gem. In his career, Alex has secured more than $5 million in public and private funding.

Alex is a Florida State University alumnus and received an M.S. in Wildlife Sciences from Auburn University. He loves spending time outdoors with his family, friends, and furry pals.

Gina Hancock, Senior Advisor

Gina Hancock serves as Senior Advisor to the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy where she helps guide strategy, fundraising efforts, and organizational growth. Gina joined the Conservancy in 2022 and brings more than 20 years’ experience leading nonprofit organizations.

Prior to joining the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy, Gina held multiple positions at The Nature Conservancy including Tennessee State Director, where she led campaigns that helped preserve tens of thousands of acres of land and
protected some of the area’s most vulnerable species.
Following those accomplishments, Gina became the Conservation Strategies Director of Global Lands, where she led a team of 47.

Gina has also used her nonprofit expertise to address critical issues such as affordable housing and food insecurity. She co-created Welcome Home! The Movement for Affordable Housing, a coalition
advocating policy changes across Nashville.
She also collaborated with Brad and Kimberly Paisley, as well as Rev. Becca Stevens, founder of Thistle Farms, to launch The Store, a nonprofit grocery store in Nashville, which led to another venture focused on tackling student hunger at Virgina Tech.

Gina lives in east Nashville with her family and two dogs. She is an avid Formula One fan and a serious outdoor enthusiast (if that isn’t obvious already).

Board of Directors

Bob Martineau, Chair

Finn Partners, Nashville

Laura Franklin, Secretary

Tennessee State Parks, Nashville

Jamie Cochran

Summit Wealth Group, Memphis

Cathy Cate


Chris Bavis

Ryman Hospitality Properties

Ann Tidwell

Community Advocate, Nashville

Greer Tidwell

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Nashville

Charley Poe

Eastman Chemical Company, Nashville

Cosby Stone

Tap Publishing Company, Cookeville

Thomasa Ross

Educator, Clarksville