Chris Wells

President / Executive Director

Chris joined PLC as executive director in 2014, and has more than two decades of experience in land conservation.  He is responsible for day-to-day leadership and administration of the organization, plus development, communications, outreach and advocacy.  Chris also plays an active part in PLC’s land conservation project selection, structure and funding strategy.  From 2002 to 2014 he was on the staff of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.  During his tenure at the Society, he helped establish and defend dedicated funding for LCHIP, and led the development of an ambitious conservation plan for the Merrimack watershed of NH and MA, of which PLC’s service area is a key part. From 1995 to 2002 Chris worked at the Trust for Public Land (TPL) in the Mid-Atlantic states. 

Chris holds a BA in history from Wesleyan University and a Masters of Urban Planning from the City University of New York. Chris is often seen on a bicycle, and occasionally finds himself on mountain summits against his better judgement (see photo).