Arthur Mitchell

Manager, Conservation Planning |

As Manager for Conservation Planning, Art is responsible for providing technical support to companies by identifying strategic approaches to implement biodiversity assessments; climate change adaptation plans; biodiversity conservation plans; stakeholder engagement plans; environmental, social, and governance (ESG) evaluations; conservation education programs; and appropriate projects that meet the needs of the company and its stakeholders.

Art’s education, training, research, and professional experience are interdisciplinary and have focused on integrating socio-economic considerations with biodiversity conservation in support of planning and implementing natural resources and protected area co-management. Art has considerable experience in biodiversity assessment, adaptive management, project management, strategic planning, proposal development, project design, policy, monitoring, performance evaluation, conservation education, institutional assessment, training, and capacity building.

Prior to WHC, Art worked as a conservation ecologist for more than 40 years in 18 countries in Southeast and South Asia, East Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean on a wide range of biodiversity conservation and climate adaptation projects funded by agencies such as USAID, the World Bank, and Asian Development Bank: LinkedIn

Born in Washington, DC, Art received his B.A. in zoology from the University of California at Berkeley and M.Phil., M.F.S., and Ph.D. degrees across two departments and disciplines – biological anthropology (primatology) and environmental studies (forestry management and conservation biology) – from Yale University. His doctoral dissertation examined the impacts of selective timber harvest and habitat disturbance on rainforest flora and fauna, focused on langurs, in Sabah, Malaysia. A certified professional coach and author of several books, Art wrote “Grateful, Not Dead: Rewire, Not Retire.” He lives with his wife in the Sonoran Desert, western Tucson, Arizona.