July 31, 2019

The Conservation Fund Names Eric Kostegan As Executive Vice President, Investment & Growth

Arlington County, Va.—The Conservation Fund announced today the hiring of Eric Kostegan as its new Executive Vice President for Investment and Growth.  In this new role, Eric will help drive the Fund’s ambitious plans and advance its efforts to engage strategic and philanthropic partners, nationally, with a particular focus on the Working Forest Fund®. 

The Working Forest Fund is a unique and financially successful model of conservation designed to ensure at-risk forests in the U.S. are never broken apart or converted to something other than sustainably managed, economically and environmentally vibrant landscapes.

“America’s privately-owned forests are being broken up and developed at an accelerating rate,” said Larry Selzer, President and CEO of The Conservation Fund. “Over the past three decades, in the U.S., we have lost 36 million acres of forests. If unchecked, we may lose an additional 38 million acres in the coming decade. As our privately-owned forests disappear, so do the life-sustaining benefits they provide for communities across America. Our Working Forest Fund already has established a very successful track record and Eric, with his deep experience in fundraising and strategic partnerships, is ideally suited to help us accelerate our efforts to address this challenge head-on.”

“It is an honor to join this impactful and entrepreneurial organization and work with a dedicated and talented team to extend and expand our work,” said Kostegan. “With its proven and forward-thinking model, The Conservation Fund is poised to move to the next level and I am excited to help lead this new stage of growth.”

Jay Winthrop, incoming chair of the Fund’s Board of Directors said, “Through its efforts to protect working forests and the economies tied to them, The Conservation Fund once again is breaking new ground at the interface of business and the environment. By using the tools of the marketplace to achieve even greater results, the Fund is ushering in the next era of large-scale conservation in America and we are very fortunate to have someone of Eric’s capabilities join our team.”

Kostegan previously served as Deputy Chief, Development and Entrepreneurial Relations at Mount Sinai Health Systems in New York and as Senior Director, Development and Global Initiatives at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Kostegan is a graduate of Babson College. He lives in the Bay Area with his family.

About The Conservation Fund
At The Conservation Fund, we make conservation work for America. By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are redefining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity. Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, we have worked in all 50 states since 1985 to protect more than eight million acres of land.

Val Keefer | The Conservation Fund | (703) 908-5802 | vkeefer@conservationfund.org