Liz Edsall McLaurin

President & CEO

As President and CEO, Liz oversees the day-to-day management of The Land Trust for Tennessee. She is a graduate of The University of the South and a resident of the Leiper’s Fork community in Williamson County. She has been involved with The Land Trust since its early days and has led a number of successful initiatives, including the revitalization of The Land Trust’s Glen Leven Farm.

Liz grew up all over the country, from the mountains of Vermont and North Carolina to the urban centers of New York and Philadelphia. She started her career in theatre, acting in both New York and in regional theatre. Since then, she’s worked for organizations including Vanderbilt University, Nashville Public Television, and Nashville Public Radio, Rhode Island School of Design Museum and Colgate University. She also served on the boards and committees including Stand for Children, the Metro Arts Commission, Community Access Corporation and the Nashville Film Festival.

Outside of work, you’re likely to find Liz on an adventure with her three sons Andy, Sam Henry and Lachlan or doing home improvements on her beautiful Leiper’s Fork farmhouse alongside her husband, the chickens and the wild animals (see above for their names).

What do you love most about your job? “The moments I’ve loved most in my job have related to the bringing together of people and place and seeing transformations of all sorts related to that dynamic – the 16-year-old girl who had never picked flowers until a visit to Glen Leven Farm; the donor who made a gift to save a place that is important to her so that it will be important to somebody in 100 years; my son who explained to his kindergarten class that we all need all sorts of places, but you ‘can’t replace land when its gone.'”

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