Jonathan Lash, the sixth president of Hampshire College since 2011, is an internationally recognized expert on global sustainability, climate change, and development challenges.
President Lash came to Hampshire from World Resources Institute, a Washington-based environmental think tank, where he quadrupled the institute's budget and globalized its work, with offices in eight countries and partners in more than 50 countries.
From 1993 to 1999, Lash co-chaired the President's Council on Sustainable Development, a group of leaders across private and public sectors appointed by Bill Clinton that developed visionary recommendations. He played a key role in the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, and the highly influential "Call to Action" on global warming.
Lash received his A.B. from Harvard College, then joined the Peace Corps, where he met and married Eleanor Scattergood, a fellow volunteer. Together they worked on community-based development projects in the Dominican Republic, and trained volunteers.
Lash earned his M.Ed. and J.D. from Catholic University. He began his legal career as a federal prosecutor, then senior staff attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. He served as Vermont Commissioner of Environmental Conservation, and Vermont Secretary of Natural Resources.