David Edelson

Sierra Nevada Project Director - The Nature Conservancy

David Edelson is the Sierra Nevada Project Director of The Nature Conservancy. He has nearly thirty years of
experience promoting ecologically sound management of the Sierra Nevada’s national forests. He is responsible
for leading all of the conservancy’s work in the northern Sierra, including land conservation at iconic sites like
Sierra Valley and Carpenter Valley, restoration and research at places like American River Headwaters/French
Meadows, and related policy efforts. Prior to joining the conservancy in 2011, he worked for the Natural Resources
Defense Council, Sierra Forest Legacy, and the Wilderness Society. An attorney by training, he has a JD from
Harvard University, an MA from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and a BA from Dartmouth College.