David Outman joined Yggdrasil in 2020 as its first Executive Director, bringing nearly two decades of land and community conservation, and non-profit management experience. Prior to joining Yggdrasil, David was Executive Director for the Harvard Conservation Trust, protecting and stewarding land and open space at the community scale, focusing on landscape connectivity for wildlife resilience and outdoor recreation. Prior to HCT, he worked for The Trustees of Reservations, a leading Massachusetts’ conservation organization and one of the first land trusts in the country. As a Community Conservation Specialist, his work at The Trustees included a wide range of land conservation and green infrastructure projects across a wide range of Massachusetts' landscapes and geographies – from urban park and community garden creation, to water supply and wildlands protection, to farmland conservation and restoration. 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.