The Nature Conservancy is pleased to announce that Stuart F. Gruskin has accepted the position of The Nature Conservancy New York’s Chief Conservation and External Affairs Officer. Gruskin brings an impressive mix of experience in public sector management and policy, and has a strong background in private sector legal, real estate, and finance, all of which have all prepared him to successfully handle the complex responsibilities of his new position.
“The Nature Conservancy in New York is excited and honored to have Stuart Gruskin join the team,” said Bill Ulfelder, executive director of The Nature Conservancy New York. “Gruskin knows New York State inside and out, is familiar with conservation issues and priorities, and has a clear understanding of how the Conservancy can continue to be a leader for both people and nature in New York and around the world.”
Now a consultant focusing on environmental, energy, and economic development issues, from 2007 through 2010 Gruskin served as Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Department. In that capacity, he was responsible for supervising New York State’s environmental quality and natural resource policy and regulatory initiatives. His role at the DEC has granted Gruskin extensive expertise in the areas of conservation, natural resources and energy, among others.
Gruskin also represented the DEC Commissioner as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Environmental Facilities Corporation, a public benefit corporation responsible for financing drinking water and clean water infrastructure projects throughout New York State, administering the State Revolving Fund program, providing technical assistance to municipalities and businesses, and implementing ‘green innovation,’ stimulus and other environmental funding programs.
Before entering government service, Gruskin had a twenty-five year legal and business career in New York City and was also a principal of a company that provided structured financing services for real estate development projects nationally. Stu is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and Albany Law School of Union College.
As the Chief Conservation and External Affairs Officer, Gruskin will function as a conservation strategist to create and implement a conservation vision for The Nature Conservancy in New York that will drive the Conservancy’s work. He will represent the Conservancy’s interests at the state level in conservation, public funding, public land management and natural resource policy to key state and federal agencies, and be accountable for The Nature Conservancy in New York’s success in implementing the Conservancy’s conservation approach state-wide.
Gruskin will be based in Albany, New York, and begin work with the Conservancy on August 20. He currently resides with his wife and two sons in Westchester.
Please join us in welcoming Stuart F. Gruskin to the Conservancy.
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