Mary Ruckelshaus to Lead The Nature Conservancy’s Washington Board

Ruckelshaus is the managing director of the Natural Capital Project, which works with leaders around the world to develop sustainable investment and policy decisions.

Seattle, WA | August 06, 2013

The Nature Conservancy is proud to announce that Mary Ruckelshaus has been elected chair of the Washington Chapter Board of Trustees. 

Ruckelshaus is the managing director of the Natural Capital Project, which works with leaders around the world to develop sustainable investment and policy decisions. 

“We are thrilled that Mary Ruckelshaus, an internationally respected scientist with deep roots in and love for Washington, will lead our board of trustees for the next two years,” said Michael S. Stevens, Washington state director. 

“I love the combination of the head and the heart that the Conservancy brings to the conservation challenges we face,” Ruckelshaus said. “The staff is passionate and committed, but also science-based and evidence-driven.” 

“Mary’s experience as a local and global leader will enable the Conservancy to build on its remarkable record of accomplishment in Washington and launch a new era of ambitious projects to benefit people and nature,” said Steve Reynolds, former Chairman and CEO of Puget Sound Energy and a longtime member of the Conservancy’s Washington Board of Trustees and Leadership Council. 

“Like The Nature Conservancy, Mary’s groundbreaking work bridging science and economics is leading the way for longterm policy advancements and actual conservation victories. She is an excellent choice to lead the Conservancy’s Washington Board,” said Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island.  

Read an interview with Ruckelshaus here.

Ruckelshaus has been a Washington state trustee for eight years. She also serves on the global Science Council for The Nature Conservancy and has served on the Conservancy’s international Board of Directors. 

Prior to leading the Natural Capital Project, Ruckelshaus led the ecosystem-science program at NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Service and was an assistant professor of biological sciences at Florida State University. She has also been chief scientist for the Puget Sound Partnership, a public-private institution charged with achieving recovery of the Puget Sound terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems.

She has a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a PhD from the University of Washington. She lives in Seattle with her husband and children and enjoys hiking and diving in Puget Sound. 

Ruckelshaus succeeds Scott Wyatt, managing partner at NBBJ, a leading international architecture firm founded in Seattle. Wyatt will continue to serve on the board of trustees as Vice-Chair. 

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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Robin Stanton
The Nature Conservancy in Washington


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