Joel Dunn

Joel Dunn, President & CEO, Chesapeake Conservancy
Joel Dunn is President and CEO of Chesapeake Conservancy, a non-profit organization based in Annapolis, MD dedicated to protecting Chesapeake landscapes that are vital to the health of the Bay and its cultural heritage.  

Dunn leads the Conservancy’s efforts to strengthen the connection between people and the Chesapeake Bay watershed as a way to promote a greater appreciation for the need to conserve the landscapes and special places that sustain the Chesapeake’s unique natural and cultural resources. Under Dunn’s leadership, the Conservancy has focused on using technology to practice precision conservation and building successful partnerships with federal, state and local agencies, private foundations, and corporations to advance conservation.

Dunn earned a Master of Public Policy from the Terry Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and a Master of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences from Duke University, where he was a Doris Duke Conservation Fellow. He holds a Bachelor of Science from The Evergreen State College. 

He lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife, two daughters and Labrador retriever.

  • The Fight for Rappahannock Tribal Recognition and the Protection of Fones Cliffs on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake NHT (Chesapeake Trail): Friday 10/23 at 2 PM EDT & Working with Land Trusts and Partners Outside the Trail Community to Save National Trails: Tuesday 10/27 at 12 Noon EDT
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