The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (TLC) has named Rachel Roberts as its interim executive director. She has a commitment to TLC’s core values and mission as well as the capacity to strategically guide the organization forward. The board has great confidence that Roberts will maintain and develop the rich and meaningful community and individual relations with TLC’s local members and partners that define the organization’s unique approach to land conservation and conservation education and awareness.

With 20 years of experience in philanthropic, government, and private nonprofit management, Roberts pioneered a program that brought more than 20 local, state, and national wildlife and conservation partners to offer outdoor recreation activities as healthy alternatives for youth and families. Over 170 nonprofits were introduced to and adopted outdoors, wildlife, conservation, and agricultural education through fishing, archery, riparian-buffer building, and other environmental experiences.

“I came to the conservation field sideways,” says Roberts. “I was an armchair conservationist going back to 1992 when I helped establish a campus environmental Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) chapter, and have continued to be active in old and new environmental advocacy groups from the Sierra Club to the Choose Clean Water Coalition. I’m also an avid equestrian, angler, birder, and bow-archer, so I’m attached to open spaces, wildlife, and outdoors recreation. My career has been about how to best invest in communities and manage those investments through effective programs that impact the most people—conserving our local environment, wildlife, and natural spaces is a highest and best investment in any community, and TLC does that.”

Roberts has a son in high school and daughter in elementary school in the Oxford School District and resides in West Nottingham. She grew up in Chester County between her parents’ home in Phoenixville and her grandparents’ farm in East Vincent.