John D. Claussen joined the Packard Foundation’s Conservation and Science program in May 2012 as its program officer leading the Western Pacific subprogram, which seeks to conserve, manage and restore coastal ecosystems, fisheries and biodiversity while enhancing human well-being across the region. Prior to joining the Foundation, John enjoyed more than 15 years as a consultant advising and designing environmental, conservation, and economic development initiatives and investment strategies with business, government, and non-profit clients throughout North America and Asia. A resident of Indonesia from 2004 to 2012, he has particularly deep experience in Southeast Asia and the island nations of the Pacific where he actively supported conservation NGOs and their foundation and donor partners on the design and development of effective terrestrial and marine conservation strategies. Most recently, John was a managing partner at Mazars Starling Resources (formerly Starling Resources), a division of a global consulting and business advisory firm. Before co-founding Starling Resources in 2004, he was a senior associate at California Environmental Associates and served as program director at Chemical Strategies Partnership. John also co-founded the non-profit Conservation and Community Investment Forum. Early in his career John worked for a number of technology and manufacturing companies in Massachusetts and the Silicon Valley focusing on environmental and regulatory compliance and on the design of innovative, performance-based business models. In all of his work John has focused on linking economic needs with healthy ecosystems and on developing practical, long term solutions leading to sustained management of natural resources. John holds a bachelor of science in biology from Valparaiso University in Indiana. He serves on the board of directors for the Trust for Conservation Innovation in San Francisco and for a sustainability-oriented agroforestry venture in Indonesia. In his free time John enjoys hiking, scuba diving, biking, and reading with his two young daughters.
Program Officer · Conservation and Science