Mike is the executive director of The Nature Conservancy’s California chapter, the organization’s largest program. Prior to assuming this position, he was the chapter’s associate state director and chief operating officer. He joined the Conservancy in July 1998 as a project manager and soon took the post of director of the Mount Hamilton Project in Santa Clara County. He then served as director of real estate for California. Before coming to The Nature Conservancy, Mike served for four years as an advisor to Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt and the CFO of the Interior Department. Previously, Mike worked for Kodansha International, one of the largest publishing firms in Japan; served as an aide to a member of the Japanese Diet; founded and directed a successful educational nonprofit in Boston; and worked in national politics in the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign headquarters in Little Rock. Mike was raised in Boston and resides in San Francisco. He holds a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.