Chris Danou and Tom Nickols Join GLC board

Chris Danou currently works as Director of Government Relations for Gathering Waters, Wisconsin’s state land trust organization. Prior to joining Gathering Waters in 2017, Chris served from 2009-2017 as Representative to the Assembly from Western Wisconsin, representing all of or parts of Buffalo, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce and Jackson counties. In the Assembly, he served as Vice-Chair of the Natural Resources Committee and as ranking member of the Agriculture and Insurance Committees. Chris also served as a member of the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and on the UW-Steven’s Point College of Natural Resources Advisory Committee. He has also worked as a DNR Park Ranger and for The Nature Conservancy in Door County. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in history/international relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in Natural Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.


Tom Nickols is a principal at Bernstein Private Wealth Management in Chicago, where he has worked for more than 20 years. Prior to his work at Bernstein, he was a consultant with Ernst and Young and also worked in management for IBM. He serves on a number of not-for-profit boards, including the Indianapolis Zoo. Tom has a bachelor’s degree in business with a minor in biology from Drake University. He has a special interest in ornithology and has assisted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with banding birds.