Mike Sweeney is the executive director of The Nature Conservancy in California. He has worked in business, government, and nonprofits and has over 16 years of experience solving major environmental challenges in the U.S. and internationally. He joined The Nature Conservancy in 1998. Today, The Nature Conservancy protects nearly 400,000 acres of California’s most pristine and sensitive pieces of land, advocates for public policy to both protect land and preserve endangered species, and works with private and nonprofit organizations to find science-based solutions to some of California’s most complex environmental problems. Before coming to the Nature Conservancy, Mike served as an assistant to Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, where he helped advance the first Clinton Administration's conservation priorities, including national park concessions reform, the transition of closing military bases to wildlife refuges, Everglades restoration and making the Endangered Species Act more effective. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Harvard College.