Executive Director Doug Widener is Leaving the Conservancy

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We’re writing on behalf of the Board of Directors to inform you that Doug Widener is leaving the Conservancy, and Chicago, to become the CEO of the Piedmont Park Conservancy in Atlanta. His last day with LPC will be October 4. Doug has done a marvelous job as our Executive Director for the last five years and his list of accomplishments is long. We know you join us in thanking Doug for his extraordinary service and wishing him well as he pursues this exciting new opportunity.

Doug’s departure leaves us with very big shoes to fill, and we have established a search committee of the Board to lead the effort to find a new Executive Director. In the meantime, we are very fortunate to have found two highly qualified individuals to assist in the transition. Julie Lenner, an LPC volunteer and consultant who previously served as the founding executive director of a Chicago-based not-for-profit, will join the Conservancy’s staff on an interim basis with responsibilities that include administration, operations and personnel support. Julie will report to the Board. Britt Uhlenhake, LPC’s Manager of Marketing & Development, will take on some additional duties during this transition period with a focus on project management, strategy and stakeholder management.

We’ll be back in touch with you as our search for Doug’s replacement progresses. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Margee Elias ( or Mindy Munson ( Thank you so much for all that you do for the Conservancy and for your support during this transition. 

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