Who We Are

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DIRECTOR

James N. Levitt

Jim Levitt is the director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University, and is a fellow in the Department of Planning and Urban Form at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. He also serves as a fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. 

Levitt focuses his research and speaks frequently in the United States and internationally on historic and present-day innovations in the practice of land and biodiversity conservation. Such "landmark conservation initiatives" are characterized by novelty, strategic significance, measurable effectiveness, transferability and an abilty to endure.

A graduate of Yale College and the Yale School of Management (SOM), Levitt was recently honored by SOM as a Donaldson Fellow whose work "exemplifies the mission of the school." He lives with his wife and their three children in Belmont, Massachusetts, and particularly loves to hike and kayak near the family's wooded property, protected with a conservation easement, in Maine.

For further information on the Program on Conservation Innovation, Jim can be reached at james_levitt@harvard.edu or at 617-489-7800.

 

PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Jessica Magne

Jessica Magne is the assistant to the director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University.  Jessica has a BS in Marketing from Bentley University and assists the Director with program and electronic media management.  She and her family enjoy summers in Hancock County Maine.

To contact Jessica, she can be reached at jessica.magne@verizon.net or at 617-489-7800.