Mark Tercek

Mark TercekMark Tercek is president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, the global conservation organization known for its intense focus on collaboration and getting things done for the benefit of people and nature. He is the author of the Washington Post and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling book Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature.

Growing up as a city kid in Cleveland, Mark was a late-bloomer to conservation. It was becoming a parent that sparked his passion for nature. “I want to be able to look my kids in the eye,” he says, “and tell them I did all I could to leave the world a better place.”

A former managing director and Partner for Goldman Sachs, where he spent 24 years, Mark brings deep business experience to his role leading the Conservancy, which he joined in 2008. He is a champion of the idea of natural capital — valuing nature for its own sake as well as for the services it provides for people, such as clean air and water, productive soils and a stable climate.

During his time at Goldman Sachs, Mark managed several of the firm’s key units, including Corporate Finance, Equity Capital Markets and Pine Street, the firm’s leadership development program. In 2005, after two decades as an investment banker, Mark was tapped to develop the firm’s environmental strategy and to lead its Environmental Markets Group.

Inspired by the opportunity to help businesses, governments and environmental organizations work together in new, innovative ways, Mark left Goldman Sachs in 2008 to head up The Nature Conservancy.

In 2012, Mark appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the New York State 2100 Commission, which was created in the wake of Superstorm Sandy to advise the governor and the state on how to make the state’s infrastructure more resilient to future storms. Mark is also a member of several boards and councils, including Resources for the Future and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mark earned an M.B.A. from Harvard in 1984 and a B.A. from Williams College in 1979.



Mark's Posts

Mark Tercek chats with Justin Adams, new Global Managing Director of Lands

July 24th, 2014
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The Nature Conservancy's new Global Managing Director of Lands, Justin Adams, chats with CEO Mark Tercek about sustainable development, working lands, and adventures cycling across France. More

New Chief Operating Officer Lois Quam Chats with Mark Tercek

June 10th, 2014
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The Nature Conservancy's new Chief Operating Officer, Lois Quam, chats with CEO Mark Tercek about "making the impossible possible in conservation." Read more as Lois discusses innovation, global health, leadership, and growing up on the Great Plains. More

Investing in Nature: New Sources of Capital

April 30th, 2014
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How to close the $250 billion gap in conservation funding? That's the idea behind NatureVest, a new initiative designed to unlock a whole new source of capital for nature. More

One of the Smartest Investments We Can Make

April 15th, 2014
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For centuries, wetlands were considered worthless. It’s time to acknowledge the environmental and economic value of restoring these natural systems, argue Jane Lubchenco and Mark Tercek. More

Getting Dams Right

March 21st, 2014
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How to build a better dam? It’s all about looking at the bigger picture and finding common ground, write Mark Tercek and Giulio Boccaletti. More

Building a Broader Conservation Movement

February 28th, 2014
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As Black History Month draws to a close, Mark Tercek and Hazel Wong reflect on how to build a broader and more diverse conservation movement. More

Q&A with Elizabeth Kolbert: Dialogues on the Environment

February 25th, 2014
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What's Elizabeth Kolbert's favorite endangered species? Read her interview with Mark Tercek about her book The Sixth Extinction. More

Building From a Merger That Didn’t Happen

January 24th, 2014
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Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy, and Brett Jenks, CEO of Rare, discuss why the two organizations have decided not to merge. Together, we can achieve better results for conservation as highly aligned, but independent, organizations. More

Q&A with Andy Revkin: Dialogues on the Environment

January 15th, 2014
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A new song for the environmental movement? CEO Mark Tercek talks with journalist—and musician—Andy Revkin. More

Polar Vortex ≠ Climate Change

January 9th, 2014
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Did you experience the "polar vortex"? It's generated a lot of questions about climate change, and CEO Mark Tercek has got some answers. More

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