Following a nationwide search process, The New Hampshire Chapter of The Nature Conservancy is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Zankel as State Director. Mark will begin his new position on March 4, 2013.
Mark is a familiar and respected face in New Hampshire, having served since 2000 as the Conservancy's Director of Conservation Programs and most recently as Deputy State Director. During his tenure, he has played catalyzing leadership roles in many landmark conservation initiatives including:
• the effort to conserve 171,000 acres of working forest and natural areas in the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters;
• the development of widely used landscape conservation plans for the Ashuelot River and Coastal NH watersheds;
• the launch of a multi-state collaborative to protect and maintain connectivity for wildlife across the Northern Appalachians;
• an ambitious initiative to restore shellfish reefs to improve habitat and water quality in Great Bay estuary; and,
• the protection and restoration of thousands of acres in the Ossipee Pine Barrens, New Hampshire's largest intact pine barrens ecosystem.
In April 2012, Mark was recognized by New Hampshire's conservation community for his contributions and track record, when he was awarded the Sarah Thorne Conservation Leadership Award. “Mark distinguished himself from others in a very competitive hiring process” said Robert Larsen, chair of the New Hampshire Chapter’s Board and a member of the search committee. “We are confident that Mark will hit the ground running and provide wonderful leadership in the years ahead to the New Hampshire Chapter staff, the Chapter’s Board of Trustees , The Nature Conservancy and the conservation community in New Hampshire and beyond.”
Speaking of his new role, Mark said: "It's an extraordinary honor to be selected to lead The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire. I have a passion for the organization and its mission, and the deepest respect for our staff, our trustees, and the countless people across New Hampshire that support and partner with us. Most fundamentally, I believe in our ability to collaborate with others to tackle difficult environmental challenges so that we ensure the sustainability of our state, our region, and the globe."
Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College, and a Masters of Science from the University of Michigan. He lives in Hopkinton with his wife Susan and their two children, and looks forward to riding his bicycle to work as often as possible.