Bob Megquier joined Openlands in 2004 as the director of land preservation and later became the Chief Operating Officer. He oversees the breadth of Openlands’ work and also supervises the organization’s strategies to protect land for conservation and parks and restore the region’s ecological and wetlands resources. He is the project manager for the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve, an ecologically significant holding with exceptional public access along the shores of Lake Michigan. This work takes him throughout the greater Chicago region where he collaborates with partners, government agencies, and individuals. He subscribes to the imperative that connectivity is central to successful conservation.
Bob joined Openlands after a career with the Chicago Park District where he held several senior positions, including director of planning & development. He played a central role in increasing the quantity and quality of the city’s parks for Chicagoans and visitors initiating programs such as natural areas restoration, higher standards for landscape maintenance, and a master plan for riverfront holdings. While there, Bob was the recipient of the Kathy Osterman Award for Superior Public Service.
Bob is a registered Landscape Architect in Illinois and Michigan and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
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