Barclay, DiMarco and Polk Join The Nature Conservancy Board of Trustees

The Nature Conservancy recently welcomed three new trustees to the board.

LANSING, MICHIGAN | February 19, 2014

The Nature Conservancy recently welcomed three new trustees to the board: Terry A. Barclay, President and Chief Executive Officer at Inforum and Inforum Center for Leadership, Stephen R. Polk, President/CEO of Highgate LLC, and Dominic DiMarco, President of the Cranbook Educational Community.

“We are honored and thrilled to have these three proven visionary leaders join our board. They recognize the importance of science, conservation, sustainability, and natural resources to Michigan’s future and the health of the Great Lakes--and their expertise and skill will be a tremendous asset to The Nature Conservancy’s work,” said Helen Taylor, State Director in Michigan for the Conservancy.

Terry Barclay was appointed President and CEO of Inforum and Inforum Center for Leadership in 2001. Founded in 1962, Inforum is one of the few professional organizations in the country – and the only one in Michigan – that combines strategic connections, proven professional development programs and original research to accelerate careers for women and boost next generation talent initiatives for Fortune 1000 companies. Prior to Inforum, Barclay served in senior leadership roles at Oakland University and Hospice of Michigan. Ms. Barclay serves on the Board of Governors of Cranbrook Institute of Science as well as several other local and national boards.

Stephen R. Polk served as Chairman and CEO of R.L. Polk & Co. since 1994 until the recent sale of the company to IHS in July 2013, and now serves as President & CEO of Highgate LLC. Polk has served as a civic leader in many roles, and is currently the Vice Chairman of the board of trustees for the Cranbrook Educational Community, Vice President/Director for the Detroit Zoological Society, as well as many other charitable boards.

Dominic DiMarco was appointed President of the Cranbrook Educational Community in July 2012. Founded in 1904, Cranbrook is considered one of the world’s leading centers for education, science, and art. Prior to working at Cranbrook, Mr. DiMarco completed a distinguished 35-year career at Ford Motor Company, encompassing many senior Operational and Finance roles. In his last position at Ford, he served as President of Ford in South America. Prior to his appointment to President of Cranbrook, Mr. DiMarco served as Cranbrook’s Chief Operating Officer.

“These impressive individuals are joining a network of 1,300 volunteer leaders across the country that brings valuable deep experience to The Nature Conservancy’s work around the world, as we address global challenges and seek global solutions to leave a sustainable world for future generations. We are so glad to have their partnership in our efforts to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends,” Taylor said.

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 unprecedented scale, and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in more than 65 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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Melissa Molenda
The Nature Conservancy
(517) 230-0818


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