Jack Hurd is The Nature Conservancy’s Regional Managing Director for the 12-nation Asia Pacific Division. In this role, he leads a $45 million program that drives multi-stakeholder projects supporting TNC’s two foremost priorities: ensuring healthy lands, oceans and freshwater; and tackling climate change through mitigation and adaptation.
A 17-year veteran of TNC who has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, Jack has extensive experience in Asia Pacific terrestrial and marine conservation work across several organizations such as WWF International, Thailand’s Population and Community Development Association, and Pact, a U.S.-based international development organization. Career accomplishments include:
- Piloting community-based forestry projects in Thailand
- Launching WWF’s Cambodia program
- Establishing/directing the Responsible Asia Forestry & Trade (RAFT) Alliance, a coalition focused on reducing deforestation/forest degradation in Southeast Asia by improving forest management practices
- Launching TNC’s Myanmar program
- Advising on the development of the Beijing-based Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet), where he is a board member
Prior to his current role, Jack served in multiple senior-level positions at TNC, including Asia Pacific Conservation Director, Director of the Global Forest Trade Program, and Conservation Director of the Washington state chapter. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Washington and a BA in Economics from the University of Vermont.