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Mark Tercek

President and Chief Executive Officer


Mark Tercek

President and CEO

Brief Biography  

Mark Tercek is president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, the global conservation organization known for its intense focus on collaboration and getting things done for the benefit of people and nature. He is the author of the Washington Post and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling book Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature.
 
Growing up as a city kid in Cleveland, Mark was a late-bloomer to conservation. It was becoming a parent that sparked his passion for nature. “I want to be able to look my kids in the eye,” he says, “and tell them I did all I could to leave the world a better place.”  
 
A former managing director and Partner for Goldman Sachs, where he spent 24 years, Mark brings deep business experience to his role leading the Conservancy, which he joined in 2008. He is a champion of the idea of natural capital — valuing nature for its own sake as well as for the services it provides for people, such as clean air and water, productive soils and a stable climate. 

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In the News

Natural capital takes center stage at GreenBiz Forum 2014
GreenBiz – February 21, 2014

The Nature Conservancy CEO On Entrepreneurship For The Environment
Forbes.com; February 2, 2014

Mark Tercek on small changes that make a big difference
FORTUNE; November 5, 2013

Mark Tercek: A Wall Street Plan for Nature
CNBC/Yahoo!; September 24, 2013

More People, More Problems: Future-Proofing our Cities
Big Think; August 9, 2013

Mark Tercek on The Kojo Nnamdi Show
NPR; July 1, 2013

Voices: Experts & Analysts Weigh in on Obama's Climate Change Plan 
Yahoo! News; June 26, 2013

Mark Tercek on The Huffington Post

China's Balancing Act: Economics and Environment
WSJ Live; June 13, 2013

Reaping Rewards From Environmental Investment
CNBC Asia; June 10, 2013

How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature
Mongabay; May 15, 2013

Yes, Business Relies on Nature
Harvard Business Review IdeaCast; April 25, 2013

The Brian Lehrer Show
April 22, 2013

Rescuing Nature
HuffPost Live; April 22, 2013

USA Today 12 Intriguing New Books
April 2013

The Goldman Banker Turned Environmentalist
Financial Times; April 3, 2013

Business Class - Mark Tercek: Author, Executive (PDF)
Delta Sky; April 2013

How to Make the Most of "Wild Wealth"
Financial Times; March 29, 2013

Cuomo’s Flood Zone Plan
The New York Times; February 12, 2013

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Mark Tercek of The Nature Conservancy
Thomson Reuters; December 20, 2012

Nature Conservancy CEO's Reading List: Science, Mystery Novels and Meditation
The Chronicle of Philanthropy; November 11, 2012

4 Smart Ways to Rebuild After Superstorm Sandy
Christian Science Monitor; November 5, 2012

Funds Would Save Wilderness Area on US-Canadian Border from Drilling and Mining
Washington Post; September 14, 2012

Conservation Lessons of the Dust Bowl
Care2.com; May 24, 2012

Bedfellows in Green: Big Business and the Environment
Big Think; December 8, 2011

Mark Tercek at SXSW Eco: Valuing Nature
TriplePundit.com; October 7, 2011

Environmental Movement Needs to "Cross Boundaries"
SmartPlanet.com; October 6, 2011

Natural Causes
Wall Street Journal Magazine; June 2010

Seeing REDD With the Nature Conservancy's Mark Tercek
Greenbiz.com; September 14, 2009

Redefining Conservation in the 21st Century (Video interview)
Aspen Institute; March 2009 

 

Publications

Mark Tercek is president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, the global conservation organization known for its intense focus on collaboration and getting things done for the benefit of people and nature. He is the author of the Washington Post and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling book Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature.
 
Growing up as a city kid in Cleveland, Mark was a late-bloomer to conservation. It was becoming a parent that sparked his passion for nature. “I want to be able to look my kids in the eye,” he says, “and tell them I did all I could to leave the world a better place.”  
 
A former managing director and Partner for Goldman Sachs, where he spent 24 years, Mark brings deep business experience to his role leading the Conservancy, which he joined in 2008. He is a champion of the idea of natural capital — valuing nature for its own sake as well as for the services it provides for people, such as clean air and water, productive soils and a stable climate.  
 
During his time at Goldman Sachs, Mark managed several of the firm’s key units, including Corporate Finance, Equity Capital Markets and Pine Street, the firm’s leadership development program.  In 2005, after two decades as an investment banker, Mark was tapped to develop the firm’s environmental strategy and to lead its Environmental Markets Group.
 
Inspired by the opportunity to help businesses, governments and environmental organizations work together in new, innovative ways, Mark left Goldman Sachs in 2008 to head up The Nature Conservancy. 
 
In 2012, Mark appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the New York State 2100 Commission, which was created in the wake of Superstorm Sandy to advise the governor and the state on how to make the state’s infrastructure more resilient to future storms. Mark is also a member of several boards and councils, including Resources for the Future and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mark earned an M.B.A. from Harvard in 1984 and a B.A. from Williams College in 1979.

Contact

For Media: Geraldine Henrich-Koenis
(703) 841-3939
ghenrich-koenis@tnc.org

For Scheduling: Mary Ann Owsley
(703) 841-5332
mowsley@tnc.org

Connect With Mark

@MarkTercek on Twitter
Mark Tercek on Conservancy Talk
Mark Tercek on The Huffington Post
 

 

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