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Michelle Carr

Michelle Carr is the state director for The Nature Conservancy in Illinois

Michelle Carr joined The Nature Conservancy, one of the largest conservation organizations in the world, in 2013 after 16 years as an advisor at Goldman Sachs. In keeping with the Conservancy’s global mission “to conserve the lands and water on which all life depends,” Michelle leads strategic efforts to advance the most critical conservation work of our time in Illinois and throughout the region. Her civic and professional experience helps the Conservancy bridge the gap between conservation and economic decisions to protect important places and change the way people and institutions use nature. Michelle graduated from St. Louis University with a B.A. in history and economics, Phi Beta Kappa, and holds a MBA from Vanderbilt University. She currently serves on the board of Chicago Wilderness, the executive committee of Millennium Reserve, the board of the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. Michelle formerly served on the board of Links Hall, chairing the finance committee; on the board of The National Museum for Health and Medicine as finance chair; and on President Obama’s National Finance Committee through his first and second elections. Michelle lives in Chicago with her husband Dane and three children.