James N. Levitt

James N. Levitt, Director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest (Harvard University) and a Fellow in the Department of Planning and Urban Form at Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

James Levitt’s work focuses on historic and present-day innovations in the field of conservation that are marked by novelty and creativity, strategic significance, measurable effectiveness, transferability, and an ability to endure. Levitt is the editor of three books on the topic of conservation innovation, including “Conservation Capital in the Americas,” published by the Lincoln Institute in 2010. He also serves as a fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School and at Highstead. Levitt is a graduate of Yale College (cum laude, with distinction in Anthropology) and the Yale School of Management (SOM). He was recently named by SOM as one of five members of the inaugural class of Donaldson Fellows, a recognition honoring alumni whose careers exemplify the mission of the School.