Mark Van Putten
Mark Van Putten, President and CEO, Wege Foundation; Grand Rapids, MI. Prior to his current position at the Wege Foundation, Van Putten served for over 20 years in various roles at the National Wildlife Federation, including President and CEO. Van Putten’s advocacy and litigation career focused on water-related issues at all levels of decision making – international, national, regional, and local. On the 30th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, he was named one of 30 nationwide “Clean Water Heroes.” Van Putten is a founding director of the Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Michigan School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1982. Van Putten has also served as a Visiting Scholar in the Energy and Climate Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.