Stephen Thor Johnson, President of North American Land Trust, is the second President of North American Land Trust, succeeding Andrew Johnson (no relation). He has a long career in conservation as a scientist, state government official, land trust executive, real estate development professional and as a consultant. He founded Sage Advisors in 2010, a professional services firm specializing in land planning, design and management of complex conservation transactions, conservation easement stewardship, organizational development, finance, fundraising, and public policy. He suspended this exciting consulting practice to join North American Land Trust.
Stephen previously served as executive director for two regional land trusts that he served for over 15 years (Sudbury Valley Trustees, MA and Gallatin Valley Land Trust, MT). He has also worked in commercial real estate where he was responsible for managing permitting and financing for complex real estate transactions. Stephen began his career with the Commonwealth of MA holding posts in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in land conservation planning, and the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs as Director of Land Policy. He administered the Massachusetts Open Space Bond Programs, Land and Water Conservation Funds, and the Division of Conservation Services.
Stephen earned a BA from Dartmouth College in Biology and Environmental Studies, and a Master of City Planning from MIT with a concentration in environmental policy. He is an active volunteer and serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Conway School of Landscape Design. Prior to moving to Pennsylvania, he served on the Lincoln (MA) Conservation Commission, and the Lincoln Ridge Conservation Trust.
Andrew L. Johnson, Founding President of North American Land Trust, has more than forty years of conservation and nonprofit management experience. In 1992 he established the North American Land Trust that has successfully completed more than 384 projects. The Trust has focused on the long-term stewardship and the needs of major landowners. From 1988 to 2002, he ran a conservation consulting organization called Conservation Advisors that assisted landowners and land trusts with planning and execution of limited development projects. Prior to 1988, he was President of the Natural Lands Trust and the Philadelphia Conservationists located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He served as Executive Director of the Brandywine Conservancy and its Brandywine River Museum during their formative period from 1970 through 1976. Johnson's goal has been to seek innovative ways to preserve the ecological, historical and agricultural values of land while providing significant economic benefits to private landowners. Andrew is a graduate of Grinnell College and received his M.F.S. from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.