David Outman joined Yggdrasil in 2020 as its first Executive Director, bringing two decades of land and community conservation experience. Prior to joining Yggdrasil he was Executive Director for the Harvard Conservation Trust, protecting and stewarding land and natural resources at the community scale. David also spent a decade working for The Trustees of Reservations, a leading Massachusetts’ environmental organization and the first land trust in the country. As a Community Conservation Specialist, his work at The Trustees included a wide range of conservation and green infrastructure projects across the spectrum of landscapes – from urban park and community garden formation, to permanent protection of critical water supply and agricultural lands. Other professional experience includes consulting and advisory roles with Earthwatch Institute, an international NGO advancing and promoting conservation through citizen-science, and Green City Growers, a certified B-Corp working to create farms and gardens in urban and suburban settings. David holds masters' degrees in Psychology and Natural Resource Management from Boston University and Antioch University New England respectively. He lives in Littleton, MA with his wife and daughter.