Nathan Aaberg joined the Liberty Prairie Foundation as the Program Director for Food, Farms, and Environment in 2014. Through his leadership role at the Foundation, Nathan works to advance land conservation and open space protection while also helping to build a resilient and sustainable food system in the Chicago region. Nathan brings to the Foundation expertise in conservation, land preservation, facilitation, strategic planning, education program development, and project management.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Nathan helped to lead Conserve Lake County in several roles, including as the Director of Development, the Associate Director, and the Interim Executive Director. During his 10-year career at Conserve, Nathan helped the organization transform from a local conservancy into a major county-wide land trust, preserve over 440 acres of open space, play an invaluable leadership role in the Liberty Prairie Reserve, develop key advocacy positions that shaped the consensus for an innovative and environmentally-sensitive Illinois Route 53 Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee report, and more than double Conserve’s annual operating budget.
Nathan developed a career in the environmental field after a number of experiences, including volunteering for restoration workdays at the North Park Nature Center in Chicago. This led to his work as a grant writer and newsletter editor with Friends of the Chicago River, an urban river restoration group. Prior to Friends of the Chicago River, he worked for Mitsubishi International where, among other things, he managed the export of Winnebago motorhomes to Japan.
Nathan completed a BA degree in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a master’s degree in East Asian Studies from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Nathan also lived in Japan for one year, studying at Nanzan University and living with a Japanese family. A favorite memory from that time was joining the family in harvesting rice from their nearby field.
A native of Chicago, Nathan and his family have lived in the Prairie Crossing conservation community in Grayslake since 2004. Nathan and Mayumi have two sons and one daughter. He enjoys playing soccer, reading, travel, and blogging on the intersection of faith and environmental issues.
Nathan can be reached at Nathan(at)libertyprairie.org or 847-548-4062 x21. His office is located at the Yellow Farmhouse.