Adam Freed

Adam Freed, Director of the Nature Conservancy’s Global Securing Water Program.

Adam Freed is the Director of the Nature Conservancy’s Global Securing Water Program, which is working to reduce the gap between clean, accessible, reliable water supply and demand in targeted water basins through investments in natural infrastructure and sound resource management, ensuring there is adequate water for people and nature. In this role, Adam negotiates partnerships to create innovative funding strategies for watershed management and develops and implements sustainable environmental, social and economic actions to enhance water security.

Adam previously served as the Deputy Director of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, where he oversaw the implementation of and process to update the city’s long-term sustainability plan (PlaNYC) and advised the Mayor on sustainability and climate-related issues. In this role, Adam developed and managed the city’s climate resilience program. Prior to working for the City, Adam was the Assistant Comptroller for New York City in the Office of the New York State Comptroller where he led the review of large-scale economic development projects and crafted corporate governance strategies for the State’s $150 billion state retirement fund. In addition to more than 14 years of environmentally-focused state and local government experience, Adam has worked on several city, state, and national political campaigns.

Adam received his master's in Urban Planning from NYU and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a Mel King Community Fellow at MIT. He currently resides on the Lower East Side of New York City with his wife and two sons and is a Lecturer at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.