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

Solution Search: Local Projects Inspire Global Action

November 5th, 2013
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The finalists of Solution Search, a contest to illuminate successful innovations in community-led conservation, are, in short, changing the world. Meet the winners. More

Interior Secretary Jewell Announces Strong Conservation Agenda

November 4th, 2013
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Interior Secretary Jewell announces a commitment to mitigation in her conservation agenda — and her support for national parks and inspiring future generations of nature-lovers. More

Q&A with Timothy Egan: Dialogues on the Environment

October 17th, 2013
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New York Times columnist Timothy Egan talks with Mark Tercek about growing up in the American West, building support for conservation and making nature part of our "national story." More

Q&A with Steve McCormick: Dialogues on the Environment

October 2nd, 2013
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From one CEO to the next: Read Mark Tercek's Q&A with his predecessor at The Nature Conservancy, Steve McCormick. More

New Water Fund in Mexico for People and Nature

September 18th, 2013
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The launch of the Monterrey Metropolitan Water Fund in Mexico is a great example of a triple win -- a project that protects nature, meets people's needs, and provides good returns on investment for businesses and governments. More

Q&A with Tony Juniper: Dialogues on the Environment

September 4th, 2013
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"We need a new narrative in business and politics. This is necessary to replace the existing one that assumes the degradation of nature is somehow a price we must pay for progress." Learn more about what Juniper thinks about investing in nature. More

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

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