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Robert Bendick

Director, Gulf of Mexico Program
The Nature Conservancy

In September, 2013, Bob Bendick became Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Gulf of Mexico Program.

Prior to this, Bob was the Conservancy’s Director of U.S. Government Relations at the World Office in Arlington, Virginia. In this position he supervised the Conservancy’s relationships with Congress and the Obama Administration over a wide range of policy activities.

Before coming to Washington, D.C., Bob was Vice-President and Managing Director of the ten-state Southern U.S. Region of the Conservancy. The Southern Region included four of the five Gulf of Mexico states.


He has been with The Nature Conservancy since 1995, first as Florida Chapter Director and, then, also in the dual role as Florida Director and as director of previous southeastern U.S. groups of state chapters.

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 also served as Chair for three years 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.




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