Nathan McLean is GIS Manager for the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council. His areas of expertise include GIS database development, data editing and maintenance, and resource-based planning. Nathan also serves as staff photographer for the Highlands Council.

Prior to joining the Highlands Council staff, Nathan worked for an international engineering consulting firm integrating and managing the GIS aspects of projects that included GPS field inventory, endangered species and wetland inventory, water, stormwater and sewer master planning efforts, as well as a plethora of linear routing projects. Early in his career Nathan was responsible for the development of a roads and trails database of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways for the National Parks Service. While attending graduate school he worked as a planner and GIS technician for the City of Springfield, Missouri and has also worked as a geo-spatial analyst for the Department of Defense.

Nathan earned a Master of Science in Resource Planning from Southwest Missouri State University and a B.S. in Geography with a focus in geology from Northwest Missouri State University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a licensed planner in the state of New Jersey.