Nav Dayanand, ESQ

Nav Dayanand serves as Senior Policy Advisor for The Nature Conservancy in Oregon, a position he has held since he moved to Portland, Oregon in 2014. Nav spent a decade working as a public affairs, advocacy and federal policy adviser in Washington, DC, serving as Managing Director of Fauna & Flora International U.S.; Assistant Director of Federal Affairs at the Wildlife Conservation Society; and Director of Government and Public Affairs at the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, respectively. Nav has been an advocate for environmental conservation and a passionate voice for diversity, inclusion and LGBT equality. He was raised in a multicultural environment by his Burmese refugee grandmother in Bangalore, India. Nav holds a BA and law degrees from Bangalore University; a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Rights from the National Law School of India University, and an advanced law degree from Cornell Law School. He is the recipient of Cornell Law School’s 2015 Alumni Exemplary Public Service Award. In 2018 and 2019, The Nature Conservancy awarded Nav a Leading Lion Award for his exemplary service to Nature’s Pride, the organization’s LGBT employee resource group. He is a 2010 graduate of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders (EWCL) program. In addition to his service on the Quest board, he currently serves on the board of directors for WorldOregon and on the advisory councils of Willamette Partnership and MarAlliance, Belize.