Sand County Foundation has named Bartlett Durand its Director of Water Quality Partnerships.
Durand joins Sand County Foundation to facilitate agreements that allow municipalities and utilities to achieve water quality goals by working with farmers and agriculture groups.
Sand County Foundation, based in Wisconsin, is a national non-profit working with farmers, ranchers, foresters and other private landowners to improve soil health, water quality and wildlife habitat.
Durand is an attorney and businessman with more than 20 years of experience in academic research, complex litigation, mediation, transactional work and contract work focused on business outcomes. He has started three successful businesses: an artisanal farm-based cheese line from his family’s dairy; a USDA-inspected meat processing business; and a retail butcher shop, The Conscious Carnivore.
“We’re pleased to add Bartlett’s talents to our team. His ability to find common ground between municipal and rural interests is a real gift, and is exactly what Sand County Foundation stands for,” said Kevin McAleese, Sand County Foundation’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
“If ever there was a dream job for me, this is it. I get to work on building community around a common watershed, using the power of farmers to solve problems, and involving experts in the cities. With the environmental challenges we face today, it is only by all of us working together that we can find our way through. I’m delighted to be part of that effort,” Durand said.
Durand holds a law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law, and a bachelor of arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a graduate of the G. Lane Ware Leadership Academy and the Food Finance Institute.
He and his family reside in Middleton, Wisconsin.