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Affiliation: 
Climate Resilience Fund
Title: 
Director
Expertise: 
Conservation science/policy; climate adaptation; philanthropy

Biography

John R. Nordgren is Director of the Climate Resilience Fund, a nascent national philanthropic collaborative focused on mobilizing strategic investments in climate services for the benefit of U. S. communities and the natural systems on which they depend. Nordgren previously served as Senior Advisor, Climate Change (2015) for the Kresge Foundation and as Senior Program Officer (2009-2014) for Kresge’s Environment Program, where he developed and led Kresge’s strategies for advancing the field of climate change adaptation. During his tenure at Kresge, Nordgren facilitated ~$60 million in investments in climate adaptation and resilience initiatives. Nordgren serves on the National Academy of Sciences Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC) and is a founding member of the Board of Directors for EcoAdapt, Inc. Nordgren served on the Committee to Advise the City of Chicago on the implementation of its Climate Adaptation Plan (2011-12), and has served for seven years as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Climate Adaptation Fund, a project of the Doris Duke Foundation, which he helped to develop. Prior to joining Kresge, Nordgren was Program Officer for the Henry P. Kendall Foundation in Boston, where he led the Foundation’s Northeastern Landscape Conservation Program and developed and led the Foundation’s Climate Adaptation Program. He was previously Director of Programs for the Massachusetts-based Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences and worked in the Legislative Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C. Nordgren earned his B.A. in public policy from The American University in Washington, D.C. and M. A. in environmental policy and planning from Tufts University in Medford, MA.