Great Lakes Activist Mark Van Putten Named New NWF President

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The National Wildlife Federation has chosen one of its own, Eastern Staff Director Mark Van Putten, as its new president and chief executive officer. Van Putten, a 42-year-old old attorney and nationally respected environmental activist and litigator, is best known for his innovative work as director of NWF's Great Lakes Natural Resource Center. There, he spearheaded numerous projects on clean water issues that affect both wildlife and human health.

"During the last ten months, we have looked carefully at the credentials of many fine conservationists around the nation," says Tom Warren, chair of NWF'S Board of Directors, which elected Van Putten unanimous vote. "Mark's in-depth knowledge of the Federation, couple with his enormous energy, intellect and dedication to our cause, convinced us that he is the person who should lead the Federation into the twenty-first century."

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Van Putten began his work for NWF in 1982 as founding director and sole employee of the Great Lakes Resource Center, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. During his tenure there, the center became NWF'S largest field office with a full-time staff of 15 and a part-time staff of 20.

The nation's largest environmental law clinic was also founded by Van Putten at the same time at the center, becoming one of its primary activites. Van Putten supervised litigation that was handled b four attorneys and 10 to 15 legal interns. …