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Alex Wyss New Executive Director

The Tennessee State Parks Conservancy proudly announces the appointment of Alex Wyss as its new Executive Director, effective May 1, 2024. With over 30 years’ experience in conservation and fundraising, Wyss brings a wealth of expertise to his new role, where he will lead the Conservancy’s fundraising and preservation efforts to inspire the next generation and expand access to the natural wonders of Tennessee State Parks.


“Tennessee has some of the greatest state parks in the nation and the Conservancy plays a key role in ensuring everyone can enjoy them to the fullest,” said Wyss. “I am thrilled for the opportunity to join this organization and look forward to collaborating with our supporters and the State Parks to preserve, protect and enhance Tennessee State Parks for all visitors to enjoy.”


Prior to joining the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy, Wyss served as Director of Conservation at The Nature Conservancy, where he led statewide initiatives in forest, river and farmland conservation from the Mississippi River to the Smoky Mountains. During this time, he developed a passion for integrating conservation initiatives and sustainable outdoor recreation with economic development. Wyss played a key role in helping establish iconic parks and natural areas such as Pogue Creek State Natural Area and one of Tennessee’s newest state parks, Middle Fork Bottoms State Park, a 1,000-acre public recreation gem that’s currently in development.


Wyss earned a Master of Science degree in wildlife sciences at Auburn University and is an alumnus of Florida State University. He’s lived in Tennessee for 25 years and is passionate about spending time outdoors with family, friends and German Shepard, Obi.
“We’re very grateful to bring Alex’s exceptional leadership and knowledge to the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy,” said Bob Martineau, Board Chair of the Conservancy. “His passion for the land, history and people of Tennessee will fuel advancements in the organization’s mission and we can’t wait to see how it flourishes with him at the helm.”


Wyss succeeds Gina Hancock, who has transitioned to Senior Advisor for the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy. In her new role, Hancock will continue guiding strategy, fundraising efforts and organizational growth, drawing on her extensive experience in conservation and nonprofit leadership.