The Nature Conservancy
Lynn Scarlett is Vice President for Policy and Government Relations at The Nature Conservancy. In this role, she influences climate and nature-based solutions policy—in the United States and the 72 countries in which TNC influences conservation. Scarlett is the former deputy secretary and chief operating officer of the U.S. Department of the Interior. She also served at Interior as the acting secretary of the Interior in 2006. While deputy secretary, Scarlett initiated and chaired the department’s Cooperative Conservation Working Group and its first-ever Climate Change Task Force. She chaired the nation’s Wildland Fire Leadership Council. She served on the executive committee of the President’s Management Council and co-chaired the First Lady’s Preserve America Initiative. She is author or co-author of publications on climate change adaptation; ecosystem services; large landscape conservation; and science and decision making. She chairs the Science Advisory Board of NOAA, recently co-chaired the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives Council established in 2014 by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Academy of Sciences Sustainability Roundtable.
Scarlett received her bachelor's and master's degrees in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also completed her Ph.D. coursework and exams in political science and political economy.