Brook McDonald

Since 1996, Brook McDonald has been the president and chief executive officer for The Conservation Foundation, a private not-for-profit land and watershed conservation group based in Naperville, Ill. The Conservation Foundation has focused since 1972 on land preservation and watershed protection in northeastern Illinois. In 1997, The Conservation Foundation launched a series of regional campaigns to promote the public acquisition of open space.  These campaigns helped raise public funds for open space preservation through the passage of bond referenda.  To date, McDonald has organized 11 successful referendum campaigns that have raised $700 million, helping to preserve 25,000 acres of land. McDonald has also been involved in protecting the DuPage River since 1989.  He chaired the DuPage River Coalition from 1989 to 1995 and is the past chairman of the DuPage River Watershed Ecosystem Partnership.  McDonald is the principal author of Illinois’ first citizen stream monitoring manual published in 1990.  This program has evolved and is now known as the Illinois RiverWatch program. In 2007, McDonald was named as one of the top ten most influential environmentalists in DuPage County by the Daily Herald.