Former Nature Conservancy & foundation leader Steve McCormick joins Mongabay board

Mongabay is pleased to announce the newest member of its board of directors, Steve McCormick.

“Steve is a strong addition to Mongabay’s board. He is a bold and strategic thinker who is deeply passionate about conservation,” said Founder and CEO Rhett A. Butler.

McCormick was formerly President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), one of the world’s largest environmental NGOs. He then served as President of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, one of the largest foundations in the U.S., from 2007-2014. Under his leadership, the foundation’s environmental program shifted its strategy to focus on advancing sustainability initiatives. After his work at the foundation, he cofounded Earth Genome, a firm specialized in providing “big data” on the environment to clients.

Steve McCormick

“I’m excited about joining the Mongabay board. In my experience, conservation efforts succeed only if there is awareness and understanding of what’s happening to the environment, and the consequences to human wellbeing,” McCormick stated. “As the mainstream media reduce coverage of the environment, we desperately need the kind of thorough, high-quality, high impact reporting that Mongabay produces.”

He served as President/CEO of TNC from 2000-2008. As President, Steve led its growth, and during his tenure he oversaw an operating budget of $500 million and a widely distributed staff of over 3,000 people in 30 countries, as well as every state in the U.S.

“Steve’s unparalleled experience leading two of the world’s most important conservation organizations will be a tremendous resource as Mongabay continues to grow. We’re also excited about his recent work valuing natural capital in order to assess the real environmental costs of our day-to-day decisions, which is very much aligned with Mongabay’s mission,” said Mongabay Board Chair Brodie Ferguson.

McCormick has served on numerous boards in the past, including The Independent Sector, Student Conservation Association, Sustainable Conservation, the California Academy of Sciences, and the advisory board of University of California-Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources.

View the full Mongabay board of directors and advisors here.

Rainforest banner image by Rhett Butler