Dawn illuminates a view across Estancia Monte Dinero and the Atlantic Ocean, Rio Gallegos, Argentina.
Sunrise vista Dawn illuminates a view across Estancia Monte Dinero and the Atlantic Ocean, Rio Gallegos, Argentina. © Nick Hall


The Nature Conservancy Appoints New Members to its Global Board of Directors

Amy Batchelor, Kent J. Thiry, Kevin Weil and Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson will join its global Board of Directors

ARLINGTON, VA. – The Nature Conservancy announced the recent appointments of Amy Batchelor, Kent J. Thiry, and Kevin Weil and the upcoming appointment of Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson (to start February 2020) as members of its global Board of Directors.

“To successfully take on the most pressing environmental challenges facing us, TNC needs people with ambition and big ideas,” said Board Chair Tom Tierney. “That is why I couldn't be more excited to announce the appointment of these four leaders to our global Board. They have each excelled and innovated in their fields, and I look forward to them bringing their passion and brilliance to our work in helping tackle climate change and protecting the lands and waters on which all life depends.”

“I am honored to welcome these distinguished individuals to our global Board of Directors,” said Board Chair-elect Fran Ulmer. “I am eager to collaborate with each of them as TNC moves confidently into the future.”

Amy Batchelor is a managing director of the Anchor Point Foundation, which makes grants to non-profit organizations in the arts, education, entrepreneurship, conservation and the environment, health and human services, women’s and human rights, international development, capacity building, progressive public policy and social justice. She co-founded Social Venture Partners Boulder County (2000), which strengthens non-profits through investments and pro bono consulting, and emphasizes building the capacity and sustainability of organizations. Amy served on the Board of Trustees at Wellesley College from 2009 to 2015, and 2018 to the present. She serves on the Boulder Community Health (BCH) Foundation Board of Trustees and is currently Co-chair of BCH's capital campaign for Mental Health. She is the Co-chair of The Nature Conservancy's Our World campaign and a member of TNC's Africa Affinity Group for Women and Girls. Amy is the co-author of Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur (2013). She graduated from Wellesley College in 1988 with a B.A. in political philosophy.

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson is the 18th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the oldest technological research university in the United States, where she has led an extraordinary transformation since 1999. Described by Time Magazine as “perhaps the ultimate role model for women in science,” Dr. Jackson has held senior leadership positions in academia, government, industry, and research. A theoretical physicist, Dr. Jackson holds an S.B. in physics, and a Ph.D. in theoretical elementary particle physics, both from MIT. In September 2014, United States President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Jackson as Co-chair of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, where she served until January 2017. Dr. Jackson also served on the U.S. Secretary of State International Security Advisory Board from 2011-2017, and the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board from 2013-2017. From 2009 to 2014, Dr. Jackson served on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and, as part of PCAST, was Co-chair of the President’s Innovation and Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). Before taking the helm at Rensselaer, Dr. Jackson was Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), from 1995 to 1999. During her tenure at the NRC, Dr. Jackson spearheaded the formation of the International Nuclear Regulators Association (INRA), and served as its chairman from 1997-1999. Dr. Jackson is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Jackson is a Life Member of the MIT Corporation, and a former Vice-Chair of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. In October 2017, she was named Regent Emerita of the Smithsonian Institution. She currently serves on the boards of major corporations that include FedEx and IBM. She holds 55 honorary doctoral degrees. In 2016, United States President Barack Obama awarded Dr. Jackson the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest honor in science and engineering.

Kent J. Thiry is Executive Chairman of DaVita, a Fortune 200 company with 70,000 teammates and approximately $14 billion in revenues. The company operates in 12 countries globally, delivering clinically differentiated health care to nearly two million patients. Kent sits on the Harvard Business School’s Advisory Board and is regularly invited to speak on leadership and culture at top business schools, companies and not-for-profit leadership groups. Kent currently chairs Colorado Thrives, a group consisting primarily of large Colorado company CEOs, which is focused on advancing Colorado as an inclusive and innovative community. Earlier in his career, Kent was a partner at Bain & Company. Kent earned his B.A. in political science, with distinction, from Stanford University, where he also was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, in 1978. He earned his M.B.A., with honors, from Harvard Business School in 1983.

Kevin Weil is the Vice President of Product for Facebook’s blockchain initiative Calibra, which seeks to build a simple global currency and financial infrastructure that empowers billions of people. Previously, Kevin was Vice President of Product at Instagram, overseeing consumer, growth, and monetization products as Instagram grew from 400 million to over one billion users. Before joining Instagram in 2016, he was Senior Vice President of Product at Twitter, where he led product development and design across Twitter’s consumer, developer, and monetization products. Earlier in his career he held software engineering and data science roles at Cooliris, Tropos Networks, Microsoft Research, and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. Kevin graduated summa cum laude in physics and mathematics from Harvard University, and has an M.S. in physics from Stanford University. Kevin serves on the board of Strava. Consistent with Strava’s mission to build the most engaged community of athletes in the world, Kevin is an avid ultramarathon runner, racing distances up to 100 miles.

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 and territories: 38 by direct conservation impact and 34 through partners, 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.