David Epstein is President of The Land Conservancy of New Jersey. Under his leadership the number of acres preserved and the types of resources protected have grown and The Conservancy has taken the bold steps to assume the responsibility for owning and managing key properties in perpetuity.  Numerous innovative programs have been launched under his guidance making The Land Conservancy of New Jersey a leader in land preservation and protection throughout the region and a model for non-profit land trusts across the country.

The Conservancy is a member organization of New Jersey’s Keep It Green Campaign.  David served as Treasurer for the Campaign, from 2006-2016, which in 2014 helped convince New Jersey voters to pass a constitutional amendment to provide a long-term, stable source of funding for open space preservation.  Previously, Keep It Green successfully convinced voters to approve $400 million in funding for the Garden State Preservation Trust in 2009 as well as $200 million in 2007.

David was appointed by Governor McGreevey to serve on the Highlands Task Force to make recommendations for preserving the New Jersey Highlands. David has served as a Trustee of the New Jersey Highlands Coalition, Garden State EnviroNet, and Morris Tomorrow and he is a past President of the Environmental Fund for New Jersey. He was appointed by the speaker of the General Assembly to serve two years as a member of the Garden State Preservation Trust,overseeing the expenditure of $2 billion in state open space funding.

Before bringing his expertise to The Conservancy, David worked with The Conservation Fund in Florida, where he assisted in the preservation of 18,000 acres of open space, as well as with the Florida Department of Environmental Resources and Palm Beach County where he helped develop a public education campaign that led to the passage of a $100 million open space bond referendum in 1991.

David is a graduate of the University of Vermont and earned a Masters in Environmental Education from Humboldt State University, California.  He has also attended Yale University’s Land Conservation Finance Camp and studied Land Conservation Real Estate at Duke University.

David enjoys hiking, kayaking, and skiing and has set a goal to climb the tallest mountain in every state.

“Being a New Jersey native, I joined the Land Conservancy to help preserve the best of the Garden State.”

David’s favorite acre: The next one we help preserve!

Email David at dje@tlc-nj.org