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Brian McPeek is the new President of The Nature Conservancy © Mike Olliver

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Brian McPeek Named President of The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy announced today that Brian McPeek, currently Chief Conservation Officer, has been promoted to President of the organization. "I am delighted to name Brian President of The Nature Conservancy,” said Mark Tercek, CEO of the Conservancy. "Brian is a superb leader and conservationist, and he has been integral to shaping the Conservancy’s evolution to solve the most pressing challenges facing nature and people. Given the scope and scale of the environmental challenges facing the planet, having him in this external facing leadership role will be hugely beneficial to our ability to get more conservation done.” As President, McPeek will continue to oversee the organization’s conservation, science, external affairs, development and marketing programs across 72 countries. Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Wisla Heneghan will continue to lead the organization’s finance, information technology, legal, human resources, and diversity, equity and inclusion activities.  “It’s an honor to step into this role as President of The Nature Conservancy,” said McPeek. “It’s clear that the greatest challenge facing humanity over the next 30 years is solving how the world can provide food, water, energy for 10 billion people and preserve nature. The Nature Conservancy is poised to play a significant leadership role to drive more innovation to protect more nature at scale, tackle climate change, ensure food is provided sustainably and to build healthy cities.”

McPeek joined the Conservancy 15 years ago and has contributed numerous conservation achievements, including launching the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator, in Partnership with The Nature Conservancy, establishing the Great Sand Dunes National Park, advancing a national “buffer lands” program with the U.S. Department of Defense, completing the historic Forever Costa Rica project and launching a $7 billion fundraising campaign for conservation—the largest in conservation history. Most recently, he led the development of the Conservancy’s five-year global strategic plan for protecting lands and waters, tackling climate change, providing food and water sustainably, building healthy cities, and connecting people and nature.  In 2015, McPeek was selected for the inaugural class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, a program convened by Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to bring together leaders who share a commitment to helping solve society’s greatest challenges. Previously, McPeek was a consultant with McKinsey & Company and served eight years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force. Brian earned a M.A. in national security from Georgetown University and a B.A. in philosophy and economics from Duke University.  ###  

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.