As Program Director for the Land, Water, and Nature Program, Michael Zwirn is responsible for ensuring that the research from Land, Water, and Nature fellows and their supporting researchers attains the greatest possible scholarly, policy, and communications impact, through sound administrative oversight and strategic foresight.
Zwirn’s prior experience includes progressively senior roles in program management and fundraising in conservation, humanitarian, and development work in the United States, Southeast Asia, Russia, East Africa, and the Middle East, at the Wild Salmon Center, Wildlife Alliance, Marine Conservation Institute, Adeso, and the Conservation Law Foundation, among other roles. Building on his experience in both environmental policy and administration, he has managed natural resource management and species projects, and represented fieldwork to funder, media, and policy audiences as the U.S.-based director for organizations carrying out programming in developing countries. He was recently the Director of Foundation Relations at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, working with 14 regional and thematic programs to identify new funding opportunities and guide cultivation and solicitation strategies.
Zwirn lives in Washington with his wife and son, and can found biking, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and attending indie rock shows around town when not engrossed in work and family obligations.
- MALD in international environment and resource policy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 2001
- BA in international relations and political economy, Carleton College, 1996