Mark 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. 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. 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 left Goldman Sachs in 2008 to head up The Nature Conservancy. Mark is also a member of several boards and councils, including Resources for the Future, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), Harvard Business School's Social Enterprise Initiative, and SNAPP, TNC's science joint venture with UC Santa Barbara and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Mark also 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. Drawing on his professional background in the financial sector, Mark is leading TNC’s impact capital initiative and serves as board chair of NatureVest. Mark earned an M.B.A. from Harvard in 1984 and a B.A. from Williams College in 1979.