Terry Sullivan: Executive Director

Terry Sullivan

Middletown, RI – Conservation leader Terry Sullivan has been appointed Executive Director of Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT), an organization that preserves and stewards Aquidneck Island’s open spaces for the lasting benefit of the community, while connecting people with the land that defines the Island’s natural character.

In his most recent executive leadership position as Northeast Division Director of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Sullivan has guided the collective efforts of ten chapters to realize large-scale conservation outcomes on behalf of the Conservancy’s mission. Since joining the Conservancy in 1993, he has held a variety of leadership positions, including Rhode Island State Director, US Senior Policy Advisor on Water Resources, and Director of Government Relations for the Eastern US Region and the Florida Chapter.

Sullivan’s recent career highlights at the Conservancy include being responsible for the combined operations budget of $60+ million and 350 staff; sponsoring and supervising TNC North America Region’s Climate Programs; leading the team that designed TNC’s 50-State Climate Strategy; and successfully leading a 5-year, $63.7 million comprehensive funding campaign in RI.

Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) was formed by a group of residents concerned about the pace of real estate development and the increasing disengagement of residents and visitors from the Island’s natural resources. ALT serves three towns, Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth, covering all of Aquidneck Island, approximately 25,000 acres. ALT works on a number of conservation projects to make local farming viable, improve health in the community, improve water quality, increase and improve wildlife habitat, educate the community on various environmental issues, and advocate for smart policy at the municipal and state levels. For more information, visit https://ailt.org/.