As The Nature Conservancy’s chief conservation officer, Brian McPeek oversees conservation, science, external affairs, and development programs across 72 countries to solve some of the most pressing problems facing people and nature today.

Since his start as a field project director in Colorado, McPeek has contributed to numerous notable conservation achievements, including establishing Great Sand Dunes National Park, advancing a national “buffer lands” program with the U.S. Department of Defense, completing the Forever Costa Rica project, growing Conservancy fundraising nearly 50 percent, and launching a $4 billion campaign – the largest in conservation’s history.

Previously, McPeek was a consultant with McKinsey & Company and served eight years active duty in the U.S. Air Force. McPeek earned a M.A. in national security from Georgetown University and a B.A. in philosophy and economics from Duke University. In 2015, McPeek was a member of the inaugural class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, a program convened by Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to bring together leaders who share a commitment to helping solve society’s greatest challenges.