Gamble comes to Ojai with years of Land Trust, Nature Conservancy skills
By Earl Bates
The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy has completed its four-month search for a new executive director by signing a contract with Greg Gamble on Friday.
Gamble said he is excited about his new job and about becoming integrated with the Ojai community. “I think the OVLC has done great work and has great potential,” said Gamble.
“Ojai’s a beautiful place — I think it is certainly a very special place. I think there is a lot of great work to be done from a conservation standpoint. And from a personal standpoint, my wife and I are very much looking forward to joining the community and raising our two little kids here.”
Gamble joins the OVLC from the Desert Foothills Land Trust of Cave Creek, Ariz., where he was executive director. For 10 years prior to that he held several positions of progressive responsibility with The Nature Conservancy in Colorado, San Francisco, and Phoenix.
Gamble holds an undergraduate degree in petroleum engineering from Stanford, a master’s in natural resource management from Colorado State, and a master of business administration from the University of Michigan. He has also traveled widely both in the United States and abroad.
Gamble will relocate with his family to the Ojai Valley soon and join the OVLC staff around May 4. He replaces Fred Fox, who left to join his wife in an educational software venture.
The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy has a staff of seven, including the executive. Formed in 1991, the 1,000-plus-member conservancy manages several large tracts of land, including the 1,591-acre Ventura River Preserve, and the restored wetlands at the Ojai Meadows.
Roger Essick, OVLC board president, stated, “Greg is a very talented and able individual who will bring strong leadership to the OVLC as we seek to move our organization to a new level. We are delighted to welcome Greg and his family to the Ojai Valley and we feel confident that he will make a significant contribution to OVLC and to the community.”
Gamble said, “I have a great deal of respect for this organization and what it has accomplished, and I am humbled and excited to be working with the talented and dedicated staff and directors of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy. I look forward to working with the community to build on the conservancy’s past success and protect much more of this special place.”