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Mark Tercek

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Mark Tercek is a global conservation leader with expertise in conservation finance, corporate sustainability and cross-sector collaboration. 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.  

Mark advises companies, start-ups, institutional investors and NGOs on environmental and organizational strategies as well as opportunities in impact investing. He is a Senior Advisor at Centerview Partners. From 2008 to 2019, he served as CEO of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the world’s largest global conservation organization, which operates in all 50 states and 72 countries. Under Mark’s leadership, the organization expanded its reach by doubling down on science, working across political and industry lines, and investing in systems to optimize performance among global staff. Mark also led the creation of NatureVest (TNC’s impact capital initiative), drove a $7 billion capital fundraising campaign, and established a permanent department focused on gender, diversity, equity, and inclusion (GDEI). 

He has served on boards and councils for a number of global organizations, including: Resources for the Future’s President’s Council; the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions; Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative; the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED); the Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health; Acumen; and the AXA Stakeholders Advisory Panel. Mark currently serves on the Williams College Board of Trustees and was on the finance faculty of New York University’s Stern School of Business until 2008. Mark 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