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

ARLINGTON, VA. | June 21, 2018

The Nature Conservancy announced the recent appointments of Harry R. Hagey, Sally Jewell, Andrew Liveris and Douglas B. Petno and the upcoming appointments of Dr. Nancy Knowlton (to start October 2018) and Dr. Margaret Hamburg (to start February 2019) as members of its global Board of Directors.
“I am delighted to welcome these distinguished individuals to our Board,” said CEO Mark R. Tercek. “Their leadership, experience and commitment to the environment will make a very big impact on TNC’s ability to tackle today’s most pressing challenges facing people and nature. I look forward to working closely with each of them.”

“TNC has an inspiring mission to conserve lands and waters globally for the benefit of people and nature,” said Board Chair Tom Tierney. “We are innovative and collaborative problem-solvers, anchored in science and deeply committed to driving positive change in the world. These distinguished new Board members each bring an impressive range of experience and talent that will help us achieve our ambitious goals. We are deeply grateful for their commitment to help lead the Conservancy at this important time in history.”
Harry R. Hagey is the retired CEO and Board Chair of the San Francisco investment firm Dodge & Cox. He served the firm for more than 39 years and was also a Governor of the Investment Counsel Association of America (ICAA) Board. He has served on the boards of St. Luke’s Hospital, the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto and the California Academy of Sciences. He and his wife Shirley, a trustee of TNC’s Idaho chapter, are founding partners of the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) and continue to foster its mission. They also serve on TNC's North American Advisory Group.

Dr. Margaret Hamburg is an internationally recognized leader in public health and medicine. As Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Medicine, she serves as senior advisor on international matters and as liaison to Academies of Medicine around the world. She is also President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Hamburg is a former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where she was known for advancing regulatory science, modernizing regulatory pathways and globalizing the agency. Previously, she was the founding Vice President and senior scientist at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a foundation dedicated to reducing nuclear, chemical and biological threats. Other positions have included Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Health Commissioner for New York City and Assistant Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. Hamburg serves on the boards of several organizations including the Simons Foundation, the American Museum of Natural History and the Council on Foreign Relations. She also serves in various advisory roles, including the Harvard University Global Advisory Council and the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Gates Foundation. Hamburg is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School.

Sally Jewell was U.S. Secretary of the Interior from 2013 to 2017. During her tenure, Jewell was recognized for using a science-based, landscape-level, collaborative approach to natural resources management. Her work included championing the importance of science and sharing data to better understand the earth’s systems, encouraging investments for more sustainable use of water in the West, deepening relationships with indigenous communities and long-term conservation of the nation’s most vulnerable and irreplaceable natural, cultural and historic treasures. She demonstrated a commitment to connecting people to nature, particularly youth, with efforts to encourage tens of millions of young people to play, learn, serve and work on public lands. Jewell was previously president and CEO of REI, a $2.6 billion retailer dedicated to facilitating outdoor adventures. Earlier in her career, she served for 19 years in commercial banking across a wide range of industries and began her career as an engineer in the energy sector. She has been active in governance and board leadership for corporations and nonprofit organizations, including serving as a Regent of the University of Washington where she is currently a Distinguished Fellow in the College of the Environment.

Dr. Nancy Knowlton has held the Sant Chair in Marine Science at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., since 2007. Prior to coming to the museum, she was on the faculty of Yale University (1979-1984), a staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama (1984-1998) and on the faculty of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (1998-2007), where she founded the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation. She is an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, a winner of the Peter Benchley Prize and the Heinz Award and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2013. She helped direct the Census of Marine Life coral reef program and has served on the boards of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Coral Reef Alliance. Knowlton’s research centers on the diversity and conservation of life in the ocean.

Andrew N. Liveris is Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Co. and a director of DowDuPont. He previously served as Executive Chairman of DowDuPont. A recognized global business leader with more than 40 years at Dow, Liveris advocates the criticality of manufacturing worldwide. He is the author of “Make It in America” and was tapped by the current U.S. administration to help identify new ways to spur innovation, revitalize the U.S. manufacturing sector and drive economic growth and prosperity. Previously, he served as Co-Chair of U.S. President Barack Obama's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership steering committee and a member of the U.S. President’s Export Council. Liveris sits on the Board of Directors of IBM and Saudi Aramco and is Vice Chair of the Business Roundtable, an Executive Committee Member and past Chairman of the U.S. Business Council and a member of the Concordia Leadership Council and the Australian government’s Industry Growth Centres Advisory Committee. He serves as a trustee for The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), the California Institute of Technology and the United States Council for International Business. He was the founding member of TNC's Latin America Conservation Council.

Douglas B. Petno is the CEO of Commercial Banking at JPMorgan Chase, overseeing more than 9,000 professionals located in 120 locations across the U.S. and 19 major international cities. Petno has more than 25 years of experience at the firm, previously as global head of J.P. Morgan’s Natural Resources Investment Banking Group, where he oversaw client coverage for Oil and Gas, Power and Utilities, Chemicals, Metals and Mining, Building Products and Paper and Packaging. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for NatureVest at TNC. He also serves on the American Bankers Association Board of Directors and is actively engaged with the members on key issues facing the financial industry. Petno received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Wabash College and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business and was awarded its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2013.

Learn more here about TNC’s leadership.

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