Mike Sweeney

Mike Sweeney has worked in business, government, and nonprofits and has over 30 years of experience solving major environmental challenges in the U.S. and around the world. He is the Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy’s California chapter, the organization’s largest program. In addition to his role in California, Mike overseas TNC’s chapters in Hawai’i and the Pacific Islands and leads the organization’s fisheries reform efforts globally. Prior to TNC he worked as an assistant to Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt helping advance the first Clinton Administration’s conservation priorities. He also worked in politics and publishing in the US and Japan. Mike serves on the board of the California Academy of Sciences and formerly served on the board of Island Conservation. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Harvard College. He’s a passionate advocate of rewilding, species rescue, and returning abundance to the natural world.