Land Trust for Louisiana Staff

Cindy Brown, Executive Director


Cindy is a New Orleans native and has been in the conservation and environmental fields for 25 years having worked for 18 years with The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana and across the Gulf Coast. She was also

Louisiana State Director at The Trust for Public Land, and an environmental planner at South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and at New York Department of Environmental Conservation. Most recently, she worked as a private consultant in her own firm, Third Coast Conservation. Areas of expertise include program development, project management, public engagement, and fundraising in the areas of ecological restoration, land protection, and conservation programs and policy. She earned her graduate degree at Duke University in environmental management and her bachelor’s degree at the University of New Orleans.

Deanna Moritz, Office Administrator

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Deanna Moritz is a native of Baton Rouge and attended LSU. She has had a life-long passion for land conservation and environmental stewardship. She worked for the Forest Service in Oregon giving her an early introduction 

to the importance of large scale land management. She also worked for the Natural Resources Division of Portland Parks and Recreation. There she acquired a deep understanding of the value of natural areas within urban environments, both for quality of life and for city wide flood prevention and stormwater absorption. She has a degree in drafting and extensive experience in office administration, document management, database and software use and design, and project planning. She has been a supporter of the Land Trust for Louisiana for several years and is thrilled to join the team. She considers it a true privilege to be able to work for a cause that is so personally meaningful to her. 

Nelwyn McInnis, Land Protection Specialist

Nelwyn McInnis

Nelwyn is currently President of Southern Wild LLC, a conservation consulting firm that specializes in habitat restoration, planning and management; floristic and
ecological habitat assessments; rare flora inventory; and wetland mitigation bank

establishment and management. Nelwyn recently retired from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) where she worked as a conservation scientist for over 25 years in a variety of positions that involved land protection, natural area surveys, partnership development, drafting of management plans and overseeing land restoration staff. She established the TNC Northshore Field Office where she developed and managed stewardship and community outreach programs, oversaw the Southeast LA Pine Flatwood Mitigation Bank, developed Memorandum of Agreements with St. Tammany Parish and private landowners, secured and administered grants from USFWS, NRCS, USFS, EPA, LA Dept. of Agriculture and Forestry, and private foundations for conservation work. Nelwyn has been a key driver in growth of TNC as a leader in the conservation of pine flatwood wetlands and other habitats in Louisiana.

Nelwyn is an advisor and contractor for the Land Trust for Louisiana and serves as Chair of the Land Committee. Educational Experience: Nelwyn is a native of Shreveport, La. She has a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and a Master of Science in Botany from Louisiana Tech University.