Patty Kennedy has over 20 years of experience in conservation and environmental planning. She acted as the Director of Conservation Management for the North American Land Trust, crafting and implementing conservation management strategies for protected lands. Prior to that she was the Executive Director of the Beaufort County Open Land Trust where she successfully advanced local land protection for the Trust and Beaufort County’s Rural and Critical Land Program. She also spent nine years as the Executive Director of the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy working on programs relating to unique and limited residential development, balanced with environment, land stewardship and protection. Kennedy has a breadth of experience working on issues ranging from stewardship and research, education, sustainability, communications and marketing, regulatory liaison, policy-making and strategic planning.