Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Francis Bouchard

Francis Bouchard

Climate Leader in Residence


Francis Bouchard is an accomplished global public affairs professional who has served as an advisor, catalyst, and contributor to a series of climate resilience and insurance initiatives. He is the inaugural resident in Duke University’s Climate Leaders in Residence program, which brings top thought leaders to campus to share insights and expertise that will spark discussion and action to advance climate solutions.

Bouchard is currently the managing director for climate at Marsh McLennan, where he works across the firm’s four businesses to drive climate-focused commercial, social and impact initiatives. He earlier served in a number of externally facing roles for Zurich Insurance Group, including most recently as Group Head of Public Affairs and Sustainability. He originally joined the insurance sector in 1989 and has since held a series of industry-focused communications, sales, citizenship, and public affairs roles, both in the United States and in Switzerland.

Bouchard also chairs the board of directors of SBP, a national nonprofit focused on disaster resilience and recovery, and serves on the boards of the climate-focused insurtech incubator InnSure and the gender-focused extreme heat resilience initiative Climate Resilience for All.  In addition, he; is a member of the advisory council of Syracuse University’s Dynamic Sustainability Lab and Colorado State University’s Project IN-CORE.

Bouchard attended Syracuse University for undergraduate, earning a B.A in History from the Maxwell School and Magazine Journalism from the Newhouse School. He also earned his law degree from the George Mason University School of Law.