Former Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett to Lead The Nature Conservancy’s Policy Efforts

Former Senior Bush Administration Official Will Expand Conservation Advocacy Initiatives

September 03, 2013

ARLINGTON, VA (September 3, 2013)—The Nature Conservancy announced today that former Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett will join the organization as its first Managing Director for Public Policy. Scarlett, a deeply experienced leader in conservation policy, will join the Conservancy on September 15 to advance policies that help protect lands and waters globally.

Scarlett will oversee worldwide government relations and public policy efforts at the Conservancy. She will help align existing efforts at the international, federal and local levels, as well as further advance the Conservancy’s global policy priorities. She will also be charged with building new capacity within the organization for policy research, innovation and advocacy.

“We are delighted to have Lynn join us, and know she will have a big impact on our work,” said Glenn Prickett, Chief External Affairs Officer at The Nature Conservancy. “We’re fortunate to have someone of Lynn’s caliber, commitment and deep experience in environmental policy. She is an ideal fit for this new senior leadership role that will help achieve policy outcomes to make effective on-the-ground conservation possible at a large landscape scale.”

“I am thrilled to join The Nature Conservancy in this new, exciting role,” said Scarlett. “The Conservancy is a leader in environmental conservation, and is poised to further strengthen its influence on public policy. I welcome the opportunity to join forces with such a devoted and skilled group of individuals who are passionate about protecting nature and shaping policies that will make a difference for future generations.”

Scarlett comes to the Conservancy from Resources for the Future, where she has been Co-director at the Center for Management of Ecological Wealth since 2009. She has also been a visiting lecturer at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California at Santa Barbara, her alma mater.

Previously, Scarlett served two terms in the U.S. Department of the Interior under President George W. Bush, first as Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget and then as Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer. Before her government service, she spent over 15 years at the Reason Foundation, a leading public policy research institute, where she served as Research Director, Vice President for Policy, and finally as President and Executive Director. In addition, Scarlett has led or served on numerous government and non-government task forces and working groups, including service as a lead author on the U.S. National Climate Assessment.

She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has received the university’s Alumni of the Year Award. Scarlett is also the author of many published works on conservation, climate change and other topics. She is active in a variety of civic endeavors as well, including service on the National Parks Conservation Association Board of Trustees, the National Wildlife Refuge Association Board of Trustees, the American Hiking Society Board of Trustees, the Consensus-Building Institute and as Co-chair of the Large Landscape Conservation Practitioners Network.

In addition to her professional capabilities, Scarlett is passionate about the Conservancy’s mission and spends much of her free time hiking, canoeing, bird-watching and creating pen-and-ink nature illustrations.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at To learn about the Conservancy’s global initiatives, visit To keep up with current Conservancy news, follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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Heather Layman
The Nature Conservancy


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