Christopher Glenn Sawyer

Christopher Glenn Sawyer is a partner with Alston & Bird, specializing in corporate governance, real estate and conservation law. Chris served on the national Board of Directors of the Trust for Public Land from 1993 to 2006, and as its Chairman from 1995 through 2003. From 1996-2004, Chris served as Chairman of the Chattahoochee River Coordinating Committee,an effort by TPL and its partners to create a park and greenway along 180 miles of the river in Georgia. He continues to serve as President of the West Hill Foundation for Nature in Jackson, Wyoming. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of IDI, one of the largest private development companies in America, and EDAW, one of the largest land consulting firms in the world. He was founding chairman of TPL's Georgia Advisory Board and The Nature Conservancy's National Real Estate Advisory Board. He also currently serves on TPL's National Real Estate Council, the Board of Directors of The Murie Center in Jackson, Wyoming, the Yale University Divinity School's Board of Advisors, and has been nominated for the national board of the Urban Land Institute. He has been affiliated with numerous professional organizations, including Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Duke University Urban Property Development Council, and the Atlanta Bar Association, which he served as its president from 1989 - 1990. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received his M. Div. from Yale University in 1975, and his J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1978.