Ned Sullivan is president of Scenic Hudson, a nonprofit that works to protect and restore the Hudson River and its majestic landscape as an irreplaceable national treasure and a vital resource for residents and visitors.
He joined Scenic Hudson in 1999 after serving as commissioner of Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection from 1995 to 1999, where he managed a staff of 400 and was responsible for statewide pollution control and prevention efforts and land-use programs. Before that, he served as deputy commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation from 1987 to 1995, overseeing the state’s hazardous waste cleanup initiative as well as air, water and waste management programs. During this same period he was chairman of the Environmental Facilities Corporation, a public-benefit corporation providing financing and technical assistance to businesses and government agencies in the state.
Sullivan’s career also includes time spent as a vice president and managing director at the Bank of Boston, where he assisted government and corporate clients in obtaining funding for major capital projects involving energy and environmental facilities and real estate. As financial advisor to the state’s secretary of environmental affairs, he helped develop legislation to finance the multi-billion-dollar Boston Harbor cleanup.
Sullivan earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a coordinate degree in environmental studies from Williams College and master’s degrees from Yale University’s School of Management and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.