Education:

Iowa State University, BLA

Chad grew up surrounded by plants, visiting botanical gardens and growing up in a home that that had over 300 varieties of hosta species. During his time in college, work experiences exposed him to eclectic experiences with conservation in California, historic preservation in northern Minnesota, and community engagement, as well as birding, in small towns across Iowa.

After work, Chad practices yoga and enjoys spending time outside, including camping and longboarding.