SCGIS Board

The Board

Zach Ferdaña

The Nature Conservancy

  •    The Nature Conservancy

  •    board@scgis.org

  •    Member Profile

  • Zach Ferdaña is The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) first Geospatial Information Officer (GIO) since January 2019. Leading the organization’s effort in leveraging Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for conservation, his objectives are to: (1) manage geospatial data in support of TNC’s U.S. preserves and global conservation priority areas, (2) transfer critical data to the cloud for storing, accessing, providing decision support and measuring conservation success, (3) build partnerships in geospatial innovation including earth observation, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and (4) provide GIS and remote sensing support to over 900 geospatial professionals at the Conservancy. He also led the design and production of TNC’s first-ever Geospatial Conservation Annual Report & Map Book available in the accompanying Geospatial Conservation Atlas. Zach manages a geospatial systems team of architects, application engineers, and a geospatial data scientist. Prior to becoming GIO in 2019, Zach was a Senior Program Manager in the Global Oceans unit of The Nature Conservancy. He led an international program and decision support system called Coastal Resilience focused on ecosystem-based management, climate adaptation and resilience using nature-based solutions and geospatial technology. He has been with the organization 20 years.