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Craig Dean

Executive Director

In his role as Executive Director, Craig is charged with developing a strategic operating plan for the organization which will include establishing an endowment, establishing programs, communication, and key partnerships. He is also Managing Director of Dean Development Group, overseeing the firm’s business development efforts. Prior to forming Dean Development Group, Craig served as Director of Business Development for Corenic Construction Group and Marshall Moya Design. Craig earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Planning and Public Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Delicia Gunn

Vice President, Sustainability | Co-Chair Sustainability Initiatives

Delicia serves as the visionary for the Conservancy's sustainability operations, designing programs that will give stakeholders an opportunity to reflect on the connections between nature’s beauty and proactive stewardship.  She ensures the Conservancy incorporates strategies that inspire and create resonance with visitors so that they replicate practices in their personal lives. Delicia is President and CEO of Indigo Engineered a green and sustainable engineering firm focused on green, sustainable, smart product development, and manufacturing. Delicia earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University.


Patrice Davenport

Vice President, Development | Co-Chair Community Initiatives

Patrice works to identify and activate high-potential external partners from across sectors in support of the Conservancy's mission. She brings more than 15 years of marketing and communications experience, successfully cultivating dynamic partnerships to address unique constituent needs, communicate value, and grow organizational visibility and influence. She is the founder of the historically-inspired executive gift and fine jewelry collection 1865 Company and cultural winery tour and event company Soul of Sonoma. Patrice holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California and an M.P.P from Georgetown University.


Paul Spence

Vice President, Operations | Co-Chair Golf Outreach Initiatives

Paul Spence a native of the Suburbs of Boston, MA found his way to Washington, D.C. to attend Howard University, School of Business majoring in Hotel Restaurant Management. Paul worked in hospitality management for over 36 years for international, national and local companies and was the Managing Partner and General Manager of Civil Cigar Lounge, the Premier Cigar and Whiskey bar in the Mid Atlantic Region. Paul’s unique strengths include building relationships, paying attention to detail, and providing quality assurance.

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