Jen Molnar is Lead Scientist at The Nature Conservancy and managing director of TNC’s new Center for Sustainability Science. The Center seeks to scale up action and outcomes for both the environment and the economy by translating the value of nature into actionable, science-based solutions for the private and public sectors.
Jen has more than 15 years of experience using science to improve decision-making. She is the science lead for the TNC-Dow Chemical Company collaboration, which led to Dow’s ground-breaking Valuing Nature Goal – a commitment to consider nature in all of their projects, aiming to generate $1B in economic value by 2025. She has led interdisciplinary global research teams, most recently as TNC’s Director of Science. She is editor and a lead author of The Atlas of Global Conservation (UC Press, 2010). Jen received a master’s degree from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and serves as a board member of the Alumni Association. She has a B.S. in environmental engineering from Harvard, and previous private sector experience in hydrology and remediation.