Mark Van Putten has 30 years of experience in environmental policymaking and nonprofit organizational leadership at the international, national, regional, and local levels. He is founder and president of ConservationStrategy® LLC, an environmental strategy and organizational development consulting firm. Prior to founding ConservationStrategy in 2003, Prof. Van Putten spent more than 20 years on the staff of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America's largest membership-based environmental group, including nearly eight years as president and CEO. Earlier, he founded and led NWF's Great Lakes regional office and Michigan Law's Environmental Law Clinic.
Prof. Van Putten graduated magna cum laude from Michigan Law in 1982, and has taught courses and seminars on environmental law and policy at the Law School and the School of Natural Resources and Environment, where he currently serves as a member of the visiting committee. Prof. Van Putten recently served on President Obama's Department of Interior transition team. He is a visiting scholar with the Energy and Climate Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. On the 30th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Prof. Van Putten was named one of 30 American "Clean Water Heroes."