“Wetlands International has a distinctive and valuable role to play in global conservation and sustainable development. Because of my long experience with private foundations, business corporations involved in developing countries, and foreign aid agencies in the United States and Canada, I aim to increase the organization’s visibility with these North American donors.”
Dan Martin is a widely experienced international grant-maker, environmentalist, educator, non-profit manager and consultant to private foundations. His career includes extensive engagement with higher education, nature conservation, health and population issues, sustainable economic development and public policy for education and foreign aid. That work has taken him to more than 100 countries in most regions of the world. He has served on a wide variety of public and non-profit boards and commissions and in many American election campaigns. During the 2012 Presidential campaign, he was on the national Executive Committee of the Energy and Environment Team for Obama and was Coordinator for that volunteer operation in Iowa.
He is currently Chairman of the Phelps Stokes Fund, Treasurer of the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, a Life Trustee of Knox College, Vice President of Amigos of Costa Rica, and a Director of Wetlands International, based in the Netherlands and of the Micronesia Conservation Trust in the western Pacific.
A native of Iowa, Martin received his B.A. degree at Knox College, earned M.A, and Ph.D. degrees in international politics and political theory at Princeton University, and served as an Intelligence officer in the United States Army.