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Member Profile

Mark Tercek

Mark Tercek

Council Member, United States

President & CEO, The Nature Conservancy


Member Since: 2011

Priority Theme(s):

  • Media working group
  • Sustainable Food Security
  • Water Security
  • Smart Infrastructure 

Current project(s): 

  • "Where does your water come from?" water campaign

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Mark Tercek is president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, the world’s leading conservation organization working around the world to save the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy uses a science-based, collaborative approach to solve complex global challenges: conserving critical lands, restoring the world’s oceans, securing fresh water and reducing the impacts of climate change. 

Before joining The Nature Conservancy, Mark was a managing director at Goldman Sachs, where he played a key role in developing the firm’s environmental strategy. He headed the firm’s Environmental Strategy Group and Center for Environmental Markets, which worked to develop and promote market-based solutions to environmental challenges. Mark also headed various business units at the firm, including Corporate Finance, Equity Capital Markets, Consumer/Healthcare and Leadership Development. Mark also led Pine Street -- Goldman Sachs' leadership development program for the firm's Managing Directors and clients.

Mark is a member of several boards and councils, including Resources for the Future, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and the Commission on Climate and Tropical Forests. 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.


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