Chris Oberholster was born and raised in South Africa, and has lived in Alabama for more than 20 years after coming to the state to obtain his Masters degree in Agronomy and Soils at Auburn University. He is the State Director of the Alabama Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, an international, non-profit conservation organization with offices throughout the US and the world where he has worked for more than 20 years in a variety of positions.

He oversees staff in several offices statewide, who are responsible for implementing all aspects of the Conservancy’s work in Alabama, including land, freshwater and marine management and restoration, partnership building, private fundraising, legislative affairs and land acquisition.

He serves on several boards and advisory committees, including his 2010 service on the Environmental Committee of Governor Bob Riley’s Coastal Recovery Commission. Chris is currently engaged in the efforts by a broad coalition of business, environmental and recreational groups to renew Alabama’s Forever Wild Program, the state program which acquires public lands from willing sellers for outdoor recreation, wildlife conservation and other public benefits.

Chris and his wife, Suzanne, live in Hoover with their two sons, Charl and Isaac, and daughter, Anna.