Chattahoochee Nature Center names new director

Piedmont Park Conservancy VP Chris S. Nelson takes reins

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ROSWELL, Ga. – The Chattahoochee Nature Center Board of Trustees announced Nov. 14 the appointment of Chris S. Nelson as new its executive director, effective Jan. 1, 2014.

Nelson has been the executive vice president and chief of operations of the Piedmont Park Conservancy Inc. for the past 14 years. Nelson replaces Ann Bergstrom, who had been executive director for the past 15 years.

The Piedmont Park Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that works with the city of Atlanta for the preservation of historic Piedmont Park. Since its inception over 20 years ago, the conservancy has successfully restored the historic portion of Piedmont Park as well as raised $64 million for park beautification, maintenance and programs.

The 127-acre Chattahoochee Nature Center is one of the largest nature centers in the southeastern United States.

In his capacity as executive director, Nelson will be responsible for all operations and development for the Chattahoochee Nature Center, reporting to its board of trustees.

“We are thrilled that Chris is joining the Chattahoochee Nature Center,” Maureen Cowie, president of the CNC Board of Trustees, said. “He brings a wealth of operational, managerial and fundraising experience from his role at Atlanta’s premier park.

“We have achieved so much at the Nature Center over the past few years, including a major capital expansion with the addition of our state-of-the-art discovery center,” she said. “We are confident that Chris will help us achieve even more and take us to the next level.”

Cowie also expressed the gratitude of the Chattahoochee Nature Center Board to Bergstrom for her many years of service and for the growth and development the center experienced under her leadership.

“Under Ann’s tenure, the center raised funds for a significant expansion and improvement with the addition of our gold LEED certified discovery center. We wish her well in her future endeavors,” said Cowie.