President & Executive Director, Partnership For Conservation
A native of Toccoa, Georgia, Robert Ramsay graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Anthropology. To put himself through college, Mr. Ramsay worked as a professional fly fishing guide, a career that he enjoyed for decade while splitting his time between Montana, Alaska, Patagonia Argentina and Arctic Russia. Coupled with a childhood spent in the woods of northeast Georgia, his conservation ethic was formed at an early age.
After an early career in the financial services industry, and longing for an opportunity to work in the conservation field, Mr. Ramsay accepted an offer to become the first full-time president of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association in 2006 and later joined The Nature Conservancy in Georgia, before being hired by former Lt. Governor Pierre Howard to join the Georgia Conservancy leadership team in January of 2011.
Mr. Ramsay became president of the Georgia Conservancy on July 1, 2014, following three years of service as the organization’s vice president. During his time as president, the Georgia Conservancy grew its programmatic focus and influence in Advocacy, Land Conservation and Sustainable Growth Planning.
In 2016, Governor Nathan A. Deal appointed Mr. Ramsay to the State Petroleum Pipeline Commission where he successfully advocated for amending the Georgia Petroleum Pipeline Siting guidelines to include greater pipeline siting protections and transparency for private landowners. In 2018, Ramsay served as the Legislative Chair and then Campaign Chairman for the overwhelmingly successful Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment Campaign. Approved by more than 82% of voters, the amendment constitutionally-dedicates more than $200 million of new investments for land and water conservation in Georgia over a decade.
Mr. Ramsay is a past member of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership’s policy council and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL). Named as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians in 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Georgia Trend Magazine, Mr. Ramsay is an active statewide leader involved in a number of collaborations and coalitions focused on solving many of Georgia’s pressing environmental challenges.
Robert remains an avid fly angler and takes every opportunity to enjoy our nation’s natural wonders with his family and friends.← Back