Mike Dunn joined The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as the Indiana Director of Freshwater Conservation Programs in 2016. He spent the four years prior to that working for the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council as Director of their Production and Environment Initiative, where he led water quality and water quantity projects as well as coordinated production funded research at Purdue University to develop best management practices for farmers to optimize inputs and become more sustainable. Mike was also involved as a partner with the Soil Health Partnership program, Indiana On-Farm Network, and the state’s nutrient reduction strategy.
Before making the transition to non-profit work, Mike spent eleven years working for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) where he was heavily involved with Confined Feeding Operation rule makings and application reviews. While at IDEM, Mike developed farmer education tools for the new livestock and fertilizer use rules, and assisted in developing a livestock mapping and siting program.
Mike has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Louisiana Tech University and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Mike is a graduate of Indiana’s Ag Leadership Program and lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two daughters.