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Mark Wenzler

Mark Wenzler serves as the inaugural director of the Climate Change Initiative at Chautauqua Institution, a non-profit dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the engagement of individuals in the important issues of our day. In collaboration with his colleagues, Mark develops programs that engage people in climate change from multiple unique perspectives and is guiding Chautauqua to become a national model of climate sustainability and freshwater lake conservation.

Before arriving by bike from Washington DC for his first day on the job at Chautauqua in June 2022, Mark served as Senior Vice President for Conservation Programs at National Parks Conservation Association.

Prior to that he directed the climate and energy programs at the National Environmental Trust. Mark is a lawyer who began his career prosecuting environmental cases for the New Jersey Attorney General and later joined the Public Justice law firm to represent organizations and communities in pursing environmental justice against polluters.

Mark volunteers as secretary of the board of directors of Climate Ride and as chair of the board of trustees of Experience Learning.