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

Dialogues on the Environment: Q&A with Stewart Brand

April 24th, 2013
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From valuing nature to bringing back extinct species… read Mark Tercek’s wide-ranging interview with writer, environmentalist and futurist Stewart Brand now. More

Dialogues on the Environment: Q&A with Gretchen Daily

April 17th, 2013
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The idea of natural capital — that Earth's lands, waters and biodiversity are vital assets — has spread like fire. CEO Mark Tercek interviews Gretchen Daily about how we can now channel this awareness and energy into real-world action. More

Dialogues on the Environment: Q&A with Bill McKibben

April 11th, 2013
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Our CEO Mark Tercek speaks with writer and environmentalist Bill McKibben about his thoughts on the Keystone XL pipeline, how environmental organizations can get more done and what he would do if he had Mark's job leading the Conservancy. More

A Q&A with Our New Chief Legal Officer

March 27th, 2013
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The Nature Conservancy President and CEO, Mark Tercek, asks our new chief legal officer a few questions about her new role within the organization. More

Massive Water Main Break Underscores Water Challenges – and Solutions

March 22nd, 2013
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A massive water main break in Washington, DC -- coming just hours before World Water Day -- serves as a stark reminder of the importance of investing more in our water supply infrastructure. More

A Q&A with the New Director of our Global Freshwater Program

February 14th, 2013
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More than 1 billion people face daily water shortages, and within the next 20 years, more than half the world’s population could face water shortages. Our CEO sits down with the new Global Freshwater Program Director to find out where to go from here. More

Investing in Nature in a Post-Sandy World

January 15th, 2013
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Recommendations from Governor Cuomo's NYS 2100 Commission include expressly recognizing that investing in natural infrastructure — the land and ecosystems around us — is essential to providing protection from climate change. More

Mark Lynas and the GMO Debate

January 7th, 2013
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Until a few days ago, the name Mark Lynas was little known outside the environmental community, but that may be about to change. More

Ken Burns’ ‘Dust Bowl’ a Cautionary Tale

November 21st, 2012
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Ken Burns called the Dust Bowl “one of the great cautionary tales of all time.” We learned, then, about the need to care for nature. Are we so absorbed today by political division that we cannot or will not heed nature’s latest warnings? More

The Next Four Years: Invest in Nature for a Stronger America

November 7th, 2012
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On Election Day, Americans agreed that conservation is a worthwhile investment. As we look ahead, President Obama and Congress have an opportunity to show their leadership on the preservation of our country's natural heritage. More

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