WASHINGTON (Feb. 29, 2008)–Botanist and conservationist Peter H. Raven and investment banker Tracy R. Wolstencroft have been appointed to the National Geographic Society board of trustees. They join 19 other trustees who are leaders in science, education, law, business, finance, government and public service.
The 120-year-old Society, whose mission is to inspire people to care about the planet, is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. It reaches more than 300 million people each month through six magazines, National Geographic Channel, television documentaries, radio, music, films, books, DVDs, maps, school publishing programs, interactive media and expeditions. It has funded nearly 9,000 scientific research projects and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy.
“National Geographic is fortunate to have the additional counsel and experience of Peter Raven and Tracy Wolstencroft, who have impressive records of leadership and service in the conservation and finance fields and to National Geographic,” said John Fahey, Society president and CEO.
Peter Raven, one of the world’s leading botanists and advocates of conservation and biodiversity, is president of the Missouri Botanical Garden and George Engelmann Professor of Botany at Washington University in St. Louis. Under his 36-year leadership, the Missouri Botanical Garden has become a world-class center for botanical research, education and horticultural display. Raven is also chairman of the National Geographic Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration, which awards grants for field-based scientific research around the world.
Described by Time magazine as a “Hero for the Planet,” Raven champions research around the globe to preserve endangered plants and animals and is an advocate for building a sustainable environment. He has received numerous prizes and awards in recognition of his work in science and conservation, including the National Medal of Science, the highest award for scientific accomplishment in the United States; the International Prize for Biology from the government of Japan; Environmental Prize of the Institute de la Vie; Volvo Environment Prize; the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement; the Sasakawa Prize; and the International Cosmos Prize, Osaka.
He served for 12 years as home secretary of the National Academy of Sciences, to which he was elected in 1977. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society.
Raven is co-editor of “Flora of China,” a joint Chinese-American international project that is producing a 50-volume account of the roughly 31,000 species of plants in China. He has written numerous books and publications and is senior author of “Biology of Plants,” the internationally best-selling textbook in botany, now in its seventh edition, and “Environment,” a leading textbook on the environment, now in its sixth edition.
Raven received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1960, after completing undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds honorary degrees from a number of universities around the world. He lives in St. Louis.
Tracy Wolstencroft has been a partner at Goldman Sachs since 1994. He is a member of the firm-wide Partnership Committee, the Investment Banking Operating Committee, and is currently head of the Public Sector and Infrastructure Banking Group. His prior responsibilities at Goldman Sachs have included extensive senior management positions in the United States, Latin America, Japan and China. He has been a member of the National Geographic Society’s Council of Advisors since 2004.
Wolstencroft joined Goldman Sachs in 1985. He headed the U.S. Debt Capital Markets Origination Group from 1987 to 1989. While in Investment Banking Services from 1990 to 1998, he was responsible for many of the firm’s major relationships with U.S. multinational clients. Concurrently he headed the Latin America Investment Banking Services Group from 1994 to 1998.
Based in Tokyo beginning in 1998, Wolstencroft co-headed the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs (Japan) Ltd. from 1998 to 2000. He also headed the Financial Institutions Group for all of Asia from 1998 to 2002, with a primary focus on the Chinese government’s recapitalization and privatization of its banking sector. In 2000 he became president of Goldman Sachs (Singapore) Pte., while continuing his leadership role in the firm’s investment banking business in China.
In 2002 he returned to New York as head of Investment Banking Services and co-chair of Global Relationship Management. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Wolstencroft was at JP Morgan in the International Financial Management Group. He earned his A.B. degree from Bowdoin College in 1980.
As a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a trustee of The Nature Conservancy’s New York State Board and a member of the board of directors of the International Rescue Committee, Wolstencroft is actively committed to the global environment, international education and humanitarian relief around the world. He lives in Greenwich, Conn.
Note to Editors: Photographs of the new National Geographic trustees can be found at the FTP site: http://ftp.nationalgeographic.com/pressroom/trustees/