Chief, Development & Enterprise
2013 – Present
Ed Wilson, Chief, Development & Enterprise, joined The Trustees in 2013. In this role he is responsible for developing a range of innovative social enterprise, development and private/social sector initiatives in order to engage more people, diversify revenues, build support and increase public awareness.
Prior to The Trustees, he worked as a Strategic Consultant to the World Monuments Fund (WMF). WMF is the largest and most respected nonprofit organization focused on international heritage with a network of offices around the world. In fiscal 2012, total support for WMF’s field work was $40.8 million, with over half coming from WMF’s donors. During this period, he has worked directly with the Board and the WMF leadership to develop a vision, strategic plan and new business opportunities prior to its 50th anniversary. He also worked with the US National Parks Service, national partners, eight state governments, local stakeholders, multiple cities, towns and state associations to help develop a new collaborative framework for Route 66, in order to capitalize on its preservation, heritage tourism and economic development potential.
Until 2013 he was the President and CEO of Earthwatch Institute. Earthwatch is a $20 million non-profit organization supporting the work of more than 70 scientists in 50 countries studying issues ranging from climate change and ecosystems services to oceans and cultural heritage. Through its nine offices worldwide, and over 120 staff, Earthwatch mobilizes over 3000 international volunteers annually. As President and CEO, he grew and expanded operations, launching new offices in China, Brazil and India. Under his leadership, he brought discipline and focus to Earthwatch’s research and education programs, including new globally integrated strategies that supported critical field research while developing innovative learning models in environmental issues.
He is actively consulted by other NGOs on strategy, governance, private sector partnerships and change management. He has participated on multiple research expeditions around the world. He served as an Officer in the British Army, completing three tours of duty, specializing in counter terrorism. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he has served on various boards and was a founding Director of the Building Bridges Coalition, a Brookings Institution initiative to foster global service. He is a member of the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations. Ed lives in Concord with his wife Imogen and two children.