Hillsborough, New Jersey (March 5, 2013)
Ed Henry, President and CEO of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, announced today, following a national search, the appointment of Michael Catania as Executive Director of Duke Farms. As Executive Director, Catania will oversee the environmental center’s more than 2,700 acres, approximately 900 of which are open to the public, making it one of the largest properties of its kind. Catania brings over 35 years of experience in conservation, environmental and land use policy issues in New Jersey to Duke Farms having served as Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, a visiting professor at the Eagleton Institute of Politics and Cook College of Rutgers University, and as the Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy of New Jersey.
“It is difficult to imagine any individual in the state of New Jersey with an environmental track record as broad and successful as Michael’s,” said Henry. “The board and staff of Duke Farms join our environmental conservation partners throughout the state in welcoming Michael Catania to his new leadership position.”
Catania previously served as Founder and President of Conservation Resources, a non-profit organization providing financial and technical services to the conservation community in New Jersey. Since 2003, Conservation Resources have provided over $120 million in financial assistance to more than 60 conservation organizations. He created and oversaw the largest system of privately owned nature preserves in NJ. These strengths will be integral at Duke Farms as it continues to grow and work with numerous government, private and non-profit organizations dedicated to similar missions of sustainability.