Andrea Freeman graduated from St Lawrence University in 1991 with B.A. in Environmental Studies and Economics and received her M.S. in Natural Resource Policy and Planning from the University of Wisconsin in 1994. Since 1997 she has served as Director of Training and Conferences for the Land Trust Alliance in Washington, D.C. The Land Trust Alliance functions as an educator, advocate and leader for the 1,200-plus land trusts throughout the United States, and the primary tool used to protect land is the conservation easement.