President and CEO of Nature Conservancy to Discuss "Sustainable Conservation: A Model for the 21st Century"

Steve McCormick, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, will discuss “Sustainable Conservation: A Model for the 21st Century” on Monday, April 26, at 4 p.m., Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Ave.

Before assuming leadership of The Nature Conservancy in February 2001, McCormick spent 16 years in the organization. He has helped it progress to an even more effective and global presence, capable of leveraging its resources to promote conservation in precious places around the world.

During his tenure, the program raised more than $300 million in private contributions and became the largest conservation organization in the state of California. He also chaired the committee that created “Conservation by Design,” the scientific framework for setting priorities and taking action that now guides the Conservancy’s work in 29 countries.

Under his leadership, the Conservancy has launched joint ventures with other conservation groups, including Conservation International, World Resources Institute, the World Wildlife Fund and many local partners. It has aggressively pursued public-private partnerships, leading to such successes as a collaborative effort with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to improve the management of dams across the country. At the international level, The Nature Conservancy has helped to broker complex and pioneering transactions such as a “debt-swap” with Peru, in which the United States government agreed to forgive a portion of that country’s debt in exchange for a Peruvian commitment to invest $10.6 million in conservation projects over the next 12 years.

McCormick received a bachelor’s degree with honors in Agricultural Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1973, and a law degree from the University of California Hastings College of Law 1976. He also attended the Stanford Executive Program in 1993.

McCormick sits on several boards, including the Harvard Dialogue Group Advisory Panel and the Advisory Board of the U.C. Berkeley College of Natural Resources. He is also the recipient of numerous conservation awards, such as the Department of Interior Silver Award (1986) and the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Award (1999).

The event is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Mark Ashton at 203-432-9835.

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