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Mark Robertson, Columbia | Chair: Mark worked for The Nature Conservancy for 34 Years as the founding director of the Florida Keys Initiative and 21 Years as the South Carolina State Director. Throughout his career, Mark has worked on all aspects of non-profit conservation work, including conservation strategy, public policy, fundraising, supporting volunteer leaders, financial management, and staff management and leadership.

Chynna Phillips, Lexington | Vice Chair: Chynna is the Senior Director of Policy Research for the Sisters of Charity Foundation, focusing on public policy and advocacy on systems-level poverty drivers. She leads the Foundation’s external partnership with HBCUs through the President’s Fellows Program and provides hands-on support to and interaction with community, state, and national stakeholders. Chynna was named a Connecting Leaders Fellow by the Association of Black Funding Executives (ABFE) in 2021, listed as one of The State newspaper’s “Top 20 under 40, Young Adult Honorees” in 2020, and listed on Columbia Business Monthly’s “Best and Brightest: 35 and Under” in 2019.

Willie Morgan, Clarks Hill | Secretary & Treasurer: Willie is the South Carolina State Manager for the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, where he provides training and technical assistance to rural, low-income communities and others related to electric, natural gas, water, and wastewater utility issues. He served as Deputy Director for Utility Rates for the SC Office of Regulatory Staff and Permitting Liaison for the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Public Manager.

Paul Agnew, Due West: Paul served as a Representative in the SC House from District 11 from 2004-2012 and was recognized by CVSC for his conservation efforts with the CVSC Green Tie Award for House Conservation Leadership. He is also a founding member of the Upper Savannah Land Trust. He is currently working as an attorney in Abbeville.

Greg Gregory, Lancaster: Greg served for over 25 Years in the South Carolina General Assembly representing his hometown of Lancaster. During his tenure in the Senate, Greg chaired the Fish, Game, & Forestry Committee until retiring (for the first time) in 2008. Greg returned to the Senate in 2011 and, in 2014, was honored with the CVSC Green Tie Award for Senate Conservation Leadership. After retiring from the Senate in 2020, Greg continues to serve as President of Builders Supply Company, one of the largest lumber and millwork stockers in the Carolinas.

Ben Johnson, Rock Hill: Ben is an attorney with Robinson Bradshaw in Rock Hill. An advocate for environmental issues throughout his legal career, Ben was named by Gov. Jim Hodges to the Nuclear Waste Task Force in 1999, which mapped out a plan to close Barnwell as the nation’s nuclear waste landfill. Governor Hodges later appointed Ben as Chairman of the Atlantic Low-Level Nuclear Waste Compact Commission. Ben received the South Carolina Wildlife Federation’s Industrial Conservation Award and was honored by the SC Senate for his efforts on behalf of South Carolina’s environment.

Kevin Kay, Easley: Kevin is a retired businessman with a background in assisted living facilities. A former elected school board member, he is actively involved with political activities and conservation efforts in Pickens County.

Arnold Nemirow, Mount Pleasant: Nemirow is the former Chairman, President, and CEO of Bowater Inc. and has served on various nonprofit boards, including as the Chair of The Nature Conservancy of SC from 2009-2012.

Harry Shealy, Ph.D, Aiken: Harry is the former President of the Aiken County Open Land Trust, former Vice-Chair of the Hitchcock Foundation, and former professor of Biology at University of South Carolina Aiken.

Libby Smith, Charleston: A former Board member of the Coastal Conservation League, Libby retired in the Charleston area and is a community advocate for various environmental and social causes.

Taylor Speer, Greenville: Taylor serves as Counsel with Fox Rothschild, LLP, advising and litigating for clients on renewable energy matters and representing employers in workplace litigation and immigration. He has represented a diverse group of energy sector clients, including major ratepayers, solar developers and special interests, in multiday trials before the South Carolina Public Service Commission. A frequent contributor to the public dialogue on clean energy, Taylor has been cited as an authority on environmental issues pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. Taylor also serves on the Green Ribbon Advisory Committee for City of Greenville.

Ann Warner, Columbia: Warner leads strategic visioning and planning for WREN. She was born and raised in the South, and has more than twenty years of experience advocating for the rights of women and girls around the world. She has also worked for CARE USA, building support for humanitarian relief and development programs around the world, and for an HIV/AIDS service and education organization in Atlanta, GA. Warner has a joint Master of International Affairs and Master of Public Health from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wellesley College. Ann is a graduate of the Riley
Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative.

Conservation Voters Education Fund board members.