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Chairman of the Board and CEO, Conservation International, Virginia

Richard von Weizsäcker Distinguished Visitor - Class of Fall 2011

Peter A. Seligmann has been a leader in creating conservation solutions for the past 35 years. Since he founded Conservation International, in 1987,  it has earned a reputation as an organization on the cutting edge, creating innovative and lasting solutions to the threats facing humanity, biodiversity, and natural systems. He has developed strong partnerships between Conservation International and leaders in science, industry, government, entertainment, and communities around the world. Seligman began his career in 1976 at the Nature Conservancy, serving as the organization’s western region land steward. He later became Director of the California Nature Conservancy.


Seligmann serves on several corporate boards as well as on the advisory councils of the Jackson Hole Land Trust, Ecotrust, and other not-for-profit organizations, including the Wild Salmon Center. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Environment Committee of the International Public Policy Advisory Board for the Coca Cola Company. President Bill Clinton named Seligman a member of the Enterprise for the Americas Board in 2000.


Seligmann has a master’s degree in forestry and environmental science from Yale University, a bachelor of science degree in wildlife ecology from Rutgers University, and honorary doctorates in science from Michigan State University and Rutgers University.

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