Honoring the legacy of Brenda Pace
The staff and Board of Directors of CNLM are sad to report the recent passing of Brenda Pace. As CNLM’s first employee hired by the founding Executive Director, Brenda was fundamental in establishing the initial plans, relationships, and principles upon which CNLM was founded. Although most current CNLM staff did not have the opportunity to meet her directly, her profound influence on the foundation and early growth and success of CNLM has always been apparent.
Brenda’s expertise in finance, investing, business, and computer programming provided essential skillsets in developing and implementing CNLM’s business model and property acquisitions. She helped to write CNLM’s first business plan, was involved in all details of preserve acquisitions, and helped to develop the Board of Directors. Importantly, Brenda designed the first “PAR” program—a model that is still very much reflected in that iconic program—now an app.
Brenda’s immense contribution to CNLM was recognized years ago when the first Northern California preserve in our portfolio to be acquired in fee title—the Pace Preserve in San Joaquin County—was named after her. Greg Warrick, CNLM’s Regional Preserve Manager for Central California who joined the organization in 2000, was immediately impressed with her sharp mind, her attention to detail, and her determination. These traits—along with her many contacts with local landowners, conservation organizations, energy producers, developers, and real estate communities—made her extremely effective in acquiring and protecting natural lands for CNLM.
CNLM staff and Board of Directors join the greater conservation community in our remembrance of Brenda’s conservation passion and contributions and celebrating her legacy.