Mike Finley joined the Foundation in 2001 as President and oversees approximately $10 million in grants annually. He helps implement strategic planning and partnership initiatives to broaden the impact and mission of the Foundation, such as conserving both private and public lands, establishing marine protected areas, and restoring endangered species. He also facilitates partnerships with trade associations like the National Restaurant Association and American Hotel and Lodging Association to establish sustainability practices.
Before joining the Turner Foundation Mr. Finley was Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park for almost 7 years whose legacy includes the reintroduction of wolves. He was also Superintendent of Yosemite National Park, Everglades National Park and Assateague Island National Seashore. His 32-year career managing natural and cultural resources with the National Park Service included experience in diverse geographical regions of the United States ranging from Alaska to Texas. He directly managed hunting and fishing activities on National Park Service lands and waters in Alaska, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, California, Montana, and Wyoming. In addition, he was a commissioned law enforcement ranger and investigator for 10 years.
Mr. Finley is a graduate of Southern Oregon University with a BS in Biology. He has received numerous awards including a National Park Service Superior Performance Award, Department of Interior Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Awards, Conservationist of the Year from the Florida Audubon Society, a public service award for environmental protection from the Sierra Club, Distinguished Public Service Awards from American Rivers, Defenders of Wildlife, and Wyoming Wildlife Federation.