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Dorene Bolze

President & CEO

Dorie has served for over 15 years as the first Executive Director of the Harpeth Conservancy. As of April 2017, Dorie is now the President & CEO as part of the organization's expansion efforts.  Bolze has over 30 years of work experience in the field of water quality science and policy, conservation policy and biology related to wildlife conservation, energy efficiency, marine fisheries, protected area management, and international wildlife trade. Before moving to the Nashville area ten years ago, Bolze's professional conservation career was based out of New York City, working as the Director for New Program Development at the Rainforest Alliance, as a lecturer at Columbia University on Conservation Biology, as the Director of the Policy Program at the Wildlife Conservation Society (based at the Bronx Zoo) for six years, and an environmental policy analyst for five years at the National Audubon Society. Bolze earned her Masters of Environmental Management degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and her B.S. in zoology from Duke University where she was an A.B. Duke Scholar and a Deborah Steer Scholar at the Duke Marine Laboratory. Bolze is a member of the Society for Conservation Biology. She lives in Franklin with her husband, Claude, and their two children.