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Mark F. Conway
Associate Program Officer
Climate Change

Mark Conway is an associate program officer with the Stanley Foundation’s climate change program. He joined the foundation after graduating with a master’s degree in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Mark has previously worked at the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative and conducted research as a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

What do you do at the foundation and how long have you been here?

As a part of the Stanley Foundation’s team working on climate change policy, I support our efforts to convene experts from multilateral institutions, governments, and civil society for high-level policy discussions with the aim of producing thoughtful policy action and multistakeholder collaboration. I also assist with tracking developments in climate policy, identifying and cultivating strategic partnerships, and commissioning policy analysis. I have been with the Stanley Foundation since October 2016.

What do you like most about your job?

Substantively, I am deeply committed to working on climate change issues, and more broadly, the development of effective policy and international cooperation. What is exceptional about working on these issues at the Stanley Foundation is the opportunity I have to devote my time to thoughtful, substantive policy analysis within an organization that has the capacity to maneuver quickly as developments in the field unfold. If that weren’t enough, I have the privilege of working with a great group of bright and dedicated colleagues.

Where are you from?

I grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. I moved to Chicago to attend college and bounced around considerably after graduating, living in Stuttgart, Germany; Washington, DC; Boston; and, briefly, Philadelphia. I returned to Des Moines a couple of times between these moves and am very happy to be back, once more, in the great state of Iowa.

What are your hobbies?

I enjoy most outdoor activities, but perhaps more than anything, I like canoeing and kayaking. I was first bitten by this bug after being invited to join a few friends on a canoe voyage down the Raccoon River in central Iowa. Over the last few years, I have joined efforts to conserve some of the rivers I enjoy so much. I am happy to have seen some effective conservation, including in Iowa, and am pleased when I can pitch in while enjoying nature.

Climate Change

Climate change, perhaps today’s most challenging peace and security issue, is a direct threat to human survival and wellbeing. It is also a threat-multiplier, especially in conflict prone areas of the world.

In an effort to diminish this threat, the nations of the world have agreed to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius (2.0°C) above preindustrial levels, and to strive to limit the temperature increase to a safer target of 1.5°C. As of now, the current trajectory of temperature rise is far off course. To successfully limit global warming to 1.5°C, ambitious and transformative policy action is needed.

Current Work

To help the world reach this ambitious goal, the Stanley Foundation is engaging key stakeholders at multiple levels to determine and pursue transformational pathways necessary to reduce and remove greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming to 1.5°C. In particular, our programming focuses on:

  • Advancing the determination of necessary transformational pathways in the next 18 months so as to inspire policy development and action that make a 1.5°C target achievable.
  • Encouraging sub- and nonstate actors to be on the leading edge of identifying and pursuing necessary transformational pathways to limit warming to 1.5°C.
  • Fostering cooperation between and among advocates, sub- and nonstate actors, and the policymaking community as they innovate on the most challenging transformational pathways to limit warming to 1.5°C.

The foundation is part of Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions, which is working to promote stronger and more ambitious sub- and nonstate climate action and as a catalyst for transformational actions at all levels.

Contact Rei Tang for more information.