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John Nordgren
Senior Program Officer
Kresge Foundation
John has worked at the intersection of conservation science and policy for the past 16 years, initially at the federal policy level and later moving to large landscape conservation, which is where he first began to explore, develop and promote climate change adaptation strategies. He has developed conservation science projects on a variety of topics ranging from impacts of energy development on arctic nesting sites for migratory shorebirds to biodiversity conservation in managed forests of the Northeastern US. John is currently the Senior Program Officer for the Kresge Foundation's Environment Program, which works to advance climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies through investments in science, policy and planning in the US and Canada. His primary responsibilities include development and oversight of the Foundation's climate adaptation program, which advances strategies for proactively addressing the impacts of climate change on nature and people.

Prior to joining Kresge in January of 2009, John was Program Officer for the Kendall Foundation in Boston, where he developed the Climate Change Adaptation and Forested Landscapes Program, and led the Northern Appalachians Landscape Conservation Program.

Prior to joining Kendall, John was Director of Programs for the Massachusetts-based Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. In the mid-1990s, he worked in the Legislative Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, focusing largely on federal public lands management issues. John has worked as a consultant on a range of issues, including road ecology, forest conservation, leadership development, western water rights, and nonprofit management. John graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from The American University in Washington, D.C. and holds a M.A. in Public Policy from Tufts University, in Medford, MA.