• Barbra Jotzke-Torrier

Welcome New Executive Director Niki Reynolds

Whiterock Conservancy is excited to welcome Niki Reynolds as the organization’s new Executive Director. As a former Board Member of Whiterock Conservancy, Niki comes to the position of Executive Director with a strong connection to the mission and vision at the center of Whiterock.

“We have already seen the amazing contributions Niki has made to Whiterock from her position on the board,” Butch Niebuhr said, President of the Board of Directors. “It was an easy decision for the search committee to recommend hiring her.”

Niki first discovered Whiterock Conservancy through a regional outdoor enthusiast group and quickly fell in love with the beautiful landscape. She frequently returned to explore Whiterock’s hiking and equestrian trails as well as joining the Slow Sunday ATV Drives. Her love of natural landscapes and desire to support the Conservancy led her to hold a seat on the Board of Directors. Niki brought new ideas and unique perspectives to the board and when she expressed interest in the position, it became clear that she was the right candidate.

“It’s an exciting time to be a part of Whiterock Conservancy,” said Niki Reynolds, Executive Director for Whiterock Conservancy, “Managing the nation’s first-ever soil health conservation easement isn’t the first time Whiterock Conservancy has led in conservation and agricultural innovation, and it won’t be the last.”

Niki received her B.S. in Business from Iowa State University. Throughout her professional career, she has become adept at applying her leadership skills and business acumen to teams with diverse perspectives and goals.

Her past roles have focused on marketing and business strategies in privately held companies, primarily in the tech industry. Though non-profit work will be a new challenge, it’s a nod to the early days in her career when Niki managed the City of Ames Smart Water Conservation program.

Uniquely, Niki has served as a mentor for the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator. Her time with the Accelerator and entrepreneurs enlightened her to many new business models and provided valuable insight into cutting-edge agricultural practices and technologies. Recently, Niki was accepted into Iowa’s premier statewide leadership program as a 2020-2021 Leadership Iowa class member. During the program, she traveled throughout Iowa, meeting with state and local leaders to gain insight into Iowa's opportunities and challenges.

Niki is prepared and ready for the position of Executive Director, with unanimous board support, and looks forward to enhancing the operations of Whiterock to continue its legacy in conservation, sustainable agriculture, recreation and education.

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