The Nature Conservancy
Rob Manes has led The Nature Conservancy in Kansas as it has expanded and diversified its impact, protecting thousands of ecologically crucial habitat acres, and raising millions of dollars for conservation. Under his leadership, the organization has launched successful new programs, including stream conservation, agricultural partnerships, and grazing land sustainability. Manes continues to bring together diverse interests and find common ground to conserve Kansas’ most important natural landscapes. He is engaged in regional, national, and international initiatives for the Conservancy, including renewable energy development, grassland conservation in Colombia, and sustainable beef production.
In addition to his role with The Nature Conservancy, Manes serves on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, the North American Grouse Partnership, and the Servicemembers’ Agricultural Vocational Education Farm. He has served on federal advisory committees to the U.S. departments of the Interior and Agriculture.
Prior to his role with the Conservancy, Manes’ professional life included five years with the Wildlife Management Institute and nearly 20 years with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. He began his state wildlife agency career as a minimum-wage fisheries technician and spent his last five years leading department’s field operations for fisheries management, wildlife management, public lands, law enforcement, ecological services, and information and education.
Manes is a Kansan, whose growing-up years are mostly rooted in Pratt and Ellsworth counties, where his family heritage includes ranchers, farmers, and educators. He now lives in rural Wabaunsee County, Kansas with his wife Stephanie and two children, Daniel, and Evie. He also has two grown children, Lauren and Aubrey. He’s a passionate - often wishful - hunter, angler, naturalist, musician, horseman, and carpenter.
Manes holds a MS in Environmental Science from Friends University and a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University.