Bob Bendick is the director of the Gulf of Mexico program. Prior to this, Bob was the director of U.S. Government Relations. In this role, he supervised TNC’s relationships with Congress and the Obama Administration over a wide range of policy activities. Previously, Bob was vice-president and managing director of TNC’s ten-state Southern U.S. Region, among other roles. Bob has been with the organization since 1995.
Prior to working for TNC, Bob was deputy commissioner for natural resources of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (1990-1995) where he managed the natural resources functions in New York State government. During this time, he served for three years as chair of the Northern Forest Lands Council, which proposed actions to protect the future of the northern forests of New York and New England.
From 1982 to 1990, he was director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management where he supervised all conservation and environmental functions of Rhode Island State government.