Working to protect the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities area

Whitney Clark

Photo: Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune

Executive Director

Professional Bio

For more than 28 years Whitney has worked to improve Minnesota’s environment as a staff member for several environmental organizations including Clean Water Action and Citizens for a Better Environment. During his 17-year tenure as executive director, he has led FMR’s growth from a start-up group with one full-time employee to one of Minnesota’s largest and most effective conservation organization with a staff of eighteen. Whitney has extensive experience in environmental policy, lobbying, advocacy and education campaigns, partnership building around environmental issues and fundraising. He is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota, where he studied history.

FMR Role

Whitney oversees all aspects of FMR’s programs and operations and serves as the organization’s primary spokesperson. He works closely with the Board of Directors to guide organizational policy and set strategic goals and plays an active role in each of the organization’s programs. Whitney also works very closely with FMR’s donors

Personal Details

Whitney says he agrees strongly with E.B. White’s comment “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world.” Whitney’s preferred ways to enjoy the world are spending time with his wife and daughters and exploring the natural world. When he can combine the two it’s “pretty much perfect”, he says. He loves reading, traveling, listening to music and craft beer. When he can listen to music while enjoying a craft beer while traveling with his family, he says he’s “in a happy place, for sure.”