April 7, 2011

Nicholas Institute Expands Board of Advisors

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions


CONTACT: Erin McKenzie
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DURHAM, N.C. – Mark Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, and Disque Deane Jr., a Duke alumnus with more than two decades of experience in water resources, have joined the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions’ Board of Advisors.

Both Tercek and Disque Deane Jr. will fulfill three-year terms with the board, which now totals 19 of some of the foremost environmental leaders in United States. All are charged with counseling the Institute, an interdisciplinary research organization at Duke charged with helping decision makers solve some of the world's most pressing environmental challenges.

“In Mark and Disque, we bring to the board two advisors with a great breadth and depth of experience,” said Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute. “Environmental policy is no longer bound to the public sector. Their knowledge and experience with private investment across environmental issues, in particular, will buttress the board’s pre-existing knowledge in this area. I look forward to working with Mark and Disque as we explore the challenges of energy, water, oceans and ecosystems in the days ahead.”

Deane, co-founder of the New York-based investment firm Water Asset Management, has explored water resources, infrastructure and sanitation technology with the company for more than 20 years. Prior to this, he founded and served as President of Layne Water Development and Storage and as Senior Vice President of Vidler Water Company.

Deane graduated from Duke University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics.

Since 2008, Tercek’s full time role has been as president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy — one of the world’s leading conservation nonprofits. Before joining The Nature Conservancy, he was a managing director at Goldman Sachs, where he played a key role in developing the firm’s environmental strategy.

Last year, Tercek was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to serve on the National Petroleum Council. In this role, he provides advice, information and recommendations to Chu on environmental issues related to oil and natural gas.

"Mark Tercek exemplifies, in his own career at Goldman Sachs and now The Nature Conservancy, the collaborative, cross-sectoral, and interdisciplinary philosophy of the Nicholas Institute,” said William K. Reilly, president of the board and a former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Disque Deane Jr. is an experienced U.S. and international investor in water supply and services and brings to the board an expertise in fresh water and sanitation which is a priority program of the Institute. Both broaden the range and perspective of the board in areas of critical concern to environmental policy."

Full biographies for Deane and Tercek are available on the Nicholas Institute’s website.