Dakota joined the Conservancy in October 2021 in the newly created role of Operations Manager. The responsibilities of this position include managing the organization’s insurance program, information technology and other third-party relationships, on-boarding new employees, and overseeing internal operations systems. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Dakota spent three years at Mural Arts Philadelphia performing various finance and operations related tasks. Before transitioning to non-profit operations, he was employed as a commercial insurance broker for more than five years. Outside of work, Dakota enjoys spending his time practicing yoga, playing basketball and chess, creating pottery and ceramic-based art, and engaging in activism in the areas of environmental justice and indigenous sovereignty.