Michael Mantell has served on The Wilderness Society governing council since 2008.
Michael founded the Resources Law Group to help design and administer initiatives for philanthropic foundations and individuals, landowners, and government agencies that result in significant conservation achievements. Since the late 1990s, he has designed and participated in programs and projects that achieved extensive conservation outcomes for land, water, and ocean resources and broadened the leadership and constituency for natural resources protection.
Previously, as undersecretary for resources for the State of California, he oversaw the $2.8 billion Resources Agency. Prior to that, he was general counsel for the World Wildlife Fund and a deputy city attorney in Los Angeles.
Mr. Mantell helped lead the 2010 “No on 23” Campaign that prevented a rollback of California’s landmark climate change legislation. He served previously as campaign chair of a $5.4 billion bond measure passed in 2006 that is providing critical investments in California’s coastal, water, and land resources.
Michael is author and co-author of several books and articles, and is the recipient of several national conservation awards. He serves on the board of directors of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Resources for the Future, and on the governing council of The Wilderness Society.