Quam new COO of The Nature Conservancy

Karin Elton
Marshall Independent

MARSHALL?- Lois Quam is out to save the world. The 1979 Marshall High School graduate has been given that opportunity with her latest venture as the new chief operating officer for The Nature Conservancy, which has as its mission: "conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends."

The Nature Conservancy, headquartered near Washington, D.C., has offices in more than 35 countries, all 50 states and has played a role in preserving the natural environment at Hole in the Mountain in Lake Benton and in the Prairie Coteau region.

"It's a huge opportunity," Quam said Friday by telephone from Arlington, Va. "I'm excited."

The Nature Conservancy announced its appointment Friday in a news release.

"We are thrilled that Lois is joining our leadership team in this critical role," said Mark Tercek, president and chief executive officer at The Nature Conservancy. "Nature is an important part of the solution for development challenges that affect the health of people and their communities. Lois's experience in this area, along with her sharp management acumen, will further strengthen our ability to achieve our ambitious conservation mission."

"The Conservancy's work to protect land and water is vital, pressing and exciting," said Quam. "I am delighted to join the Conservancy's accomplished global team of scientists and leaders in creating the world-class organization required to do this work."

Quam said she has an apartment in Arlington, which is across the Potomac from Washington, D.C. She will maintain her house in St. Paul where she lives with her husband, Matt Entenza, who represented St. Paul in the Minnesota Legislature for 12 years.

"Minnesota will always be my home," she said.

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