Jan Hartke helped to internationalize the environmental agenda and is recognized as one of the founders of the sustainable development movement. He is President of the Earth Council, formed by UN Secretary-General Maurice Strong at the Earth Summit of 1992. He served for 12 years as the global Director of Clean Energy for the Clinton Climate Initiative. He served as Senior Adviser to UN Secretary-General Sha Zukang at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development and was a strong advocate in efforts to create the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. He is a co-founder of Ceres, a network of institutional investors with $10 trillion in assets, and helped establish the Global Environment Facility, the largest environmental grant-making institution in the world. Nelson Mandela praised Jan’s leadership for helping the New South Africa create green jobs for women and young people.
Prior to working in the NGO movement, Hartke served as the elected State Treasurer of New Mexico, Chief Public Defender for the State, and Director of the Governor’s Washington D.C. Office. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Brown University. Hartke has received numerous awards for his international work, including awards from the United Nations Environment Programme. Mr. Hartke serves as a Director on numerous Boards of Directors dealing with the global environment and sustainable development and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center.