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

What the Conservation Movement Can Learn from Martin Luther King, Jr.

August 27th, 2013
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Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. encouraged us to recognize the “fierce urgency of now.” Our CEO reflects on how Dr. King's passionate speech can guide the environmental movement. More

Clean Energy, Safer Rivers, More Fish

August 16th, 2013
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Why would The Nature Conservancy choose to work with the operator of the largest dam in the world? Read CEO Mark Tercek’s take on a new alliance to improve how dams on the Yangtze are designed. More

Q&A with Jacqueline Novogratz: Dialogues on the Environment

August 6th, 2013
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Mark Tercek talks with Acumen Fund CEO Jacqueline Novogratz about poverty, the environment and creating long-term change. More

Q&A with Jonathan Lash: Dialogues on the Environment

July 18th, 2013
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"My generation is leaving a world in a precarious state," says environmental leader Jonathan Lash. Learn how Lash plans to prepare the next generation for these challenges in his position as president of Hampshire College. More

Contest Spotlights Best Ideas for Climate Adaptation

July 11th, 2013
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Sometimes global conservation challenges seem so overwhelming that we don’t even know where to begin. But Solution Search, a global contest to find successful innovation in conservation, aims to change that. More

Dialogues on the Environment: Q&A with Ramez Naam

July 1st, 2013
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Nature Conservancy CEO Mark Tercek talks with technologist Ramez Naam about the environment, optimism and the lessons he has learned in the tech world. More

Obama Kickstarts Action on Climate Change

June 25th, 2013
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When it comes to boosting the economy and fighting climate change, President Obama declares it's not an "either/or." It’s a "both/and" approach. Learn more about his roadmap for America's leadership on climate change. More

Dialogues on the Environment: Q&A with Jason Clay

June 20th, 2013
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"We are all farmers living on the edge of the planet’s resource base," says World Wildlife Fund’s Jason Clay. Jason talks with our CEO Mark Tercek about producing more with less and transforming global sustainability practices. More

Preventing Invasives is Vital to Great Lakes Ecology and Economy

June 10th, 2013
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It holds 20 percent of the world's fresh surface water and is home to the fourth largest economy in the world -- but the Great Lakes are under threat from invasive species. More

Dialogues on the Environment: Q&A with Sir Richard Branson

May 28th, 2013
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Conservancy CEO Mark Tercek sits down with Sir Richard Branson to discuss climate change, the Caribbean and why business as usual must change. More

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