The Foundation is governed by our council of trustees. Their primary purpose is to promote the Foundation, uphold our vision, protect our assets and funds and ensure that we comply with legislation and regulation.
Joslin & Sedberry, LLP (retired)
Board Vice Chair
Director, Wake County Soil & Water Conservation District
Farmer (Retired), Kellam-Wyatt Farm
Director, City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources
Foundation Vice President
Louis Wilkerson, Jr.
Realtor®, The Jim Allen Group
President, Carter Worthy Commercial, Inc.
Southeast US Director at the Land Trust Alliance
Laura Gadd Robinson
Lead Botanist, NC Natural Heritage Program
Chief of Staff to the CEO, Slack Technologies, Inc.
Partner, Parker Poe, Attorneys and Counselors at Law
Our staff, led by Executive Director Chris Heagarty, manages the Foundation on a day-to-day basis.
Chris Heagarty is an attorney and professional executive with over fifteen years of experience in nonprofit leadership and management. He is a long-time supporter of conservation and environmental protection in the region, and has been an effective problem-solver and advocate working with business leaders, and federal, state, and local governments to bring people together to reach effective public policy solutions.
Chris grew up in the Leesville area of northwest Wake County, before it was within the city limits of Raleigh and when it was a community of mostly low-density neighborhoods, farms, and vast areas of green-space. Times change, and though many of the areas where he played as a child have been replaced by suburban shopping centers, apartment complexes, and new higher-density neighborhoods, he and his family now live adjoining the Capital Area Greenway System, where his children enjoy hiking, biking, and playing at Raleigh’s Lake Lynn Park.