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Michelle Carr

State Director

Follow Michelle on Twitter: @mchlecarr

 

Michelle Carr understands the business of nature.

“You don’t have to be a scientist to know there is a growing demand for water, food and energy on this planet,” she said. “The global threats to the Earth’s natural systems lead me to make my life’s work about finding sustainable solutions to these challenges.”

As The Nature Conservancy in Illinois’ state director, Carr will have that opportunity.

Michelle Carr, Chicago resident and former Goldman Sachs & Co. vice president, was recently named the chapter’s state director after an intensive search spearheaded by Conservancy staff and trustees. Carr’s lengthy business and leadership experience in the investment management division at Chicago Goldman Sachs & Co. landed her the top spot.

During her 16-year tenure at the firm, Carr’s clients included entrepreneurs, chief executives, families, foundations and endowments. She was consistently a top performer in contributions.

In addition to her professional expertise, Carr has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to civic leadership. She currently serves on the board of directors for the National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago and is a member of the Chicago Foundation for Women and Chicago Finance Exchange. Additionally, she has held various board positions on behalf of Links Hall, a performing arts non-profit, and led the group through a financial reorganization and leadership development program, including the appointment of a new executive director.

“The state director role is particularly appealing to me,” Carr said. “I spent much of my childhood exploring trails, ponds and streams, which led to my affinity for nature. I know the self-reliance, wonder, peace and humbleness a connection with nature can provide, and I look forward to supporting The Nature Conservancy in providing this for people in Illinois and throughout the world.”

Carr graduated magna cum laude from St. Louis University and holds a Master’s degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University. She resides in Chicago with her husband (Dane) and three children, Clyde (12), Vaughn (10) and Hyla (7).

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Publications

Bison Help Put the “Prairie” Back in Prairie State

October 06, 2014

This October, bison become an important next step in our restoration work at Nachusa Grasslands.

Mayor’s Meeting Draws Focus to Water Quality in Illinois

October 01, 2014

Great Lakes mayors gathered in Chicago to discuss protecting the region's water resources in light of a recent algae bloom in Lake Erie.

In Honor of Earth Month: 5 Things You Should Know About Nature

April 22, 2014

Earth Day and Earth Month are all about raising awareness. Here are 5 things you should know about nature.

Celebrating World Water Day Every Day

March 21, 2014

World Water Day is March 22. But we need to celebrate and protect water resources like the Great Lakes every day.

Native Gardening: Good for You, Good for Nature

March 14, 2014

Adding native flowers and plants to your garden is a great way to attract songbirds, clean our water, and even yourself some time and money.

Conserving Lands and Waters in Illinois Through the Farm Bill

February 04, 2014

We commend Congress for passing a Farm Bill that's one of the strongest ever for conservation.

Responding to GLMRIS: What's Next?

January 15, 2014

The Army Corps of Engineers recently released the Great Lakes Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS), which responds to the economic and environmental threats posed by aquatic invasive species in these regions. Learn more about this report and what needs to happen next. 

Another Threat To the Great Lakes

December 05, 2013

DNA from Eurasian ruffe, an aquatic invasive species, was recently found in southern Lake Michigan. This poses a threat to the Great Lakes and the Missisippi River basin.

Aquatic Invasive Species: A CAWS for Concern

November 20, 2013

Learn about how aquatic invasive species are threatening Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

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