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The Nature Conservancy, Delaware Chapter, Welcomes New Trustees

Wilmington, DE – WEBWIRE

As it celebrates its 25th anniversary, the Delaware Chapter of The Nature Conservancy welcomes dynamic new trustees John E. Osborn and Stuart Widom to its board. 

John Osborn is a business executive, lawyer, investment advisor, policy advocate, writer and former diplomat. He serves as an executive in residence to the healthcare group of the private equity firm Warburg Pincus and as a senior advisor with the international law firm Hogan Lovells. For more than 20 years, Osborn served as general counsel and executive to life sciences and healthcare companies such as Cephalon and Onyx Pharmaceuticals. He now serves on the advisory board of QPID Health. 

Osborn was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2007 to serve on the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. From 1989 to 1992, he served in the U.S. Department of State. Osborn holds a faculty appointment at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he teaches law, and he is an affiliate lecturer on international studies. Osborn has served on numerous boards and advisory groups of non-profit organizations, including The Brookings Institution. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Law Institute, and the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. 

Osborn is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of Iowa. He earned a master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University and completed additional graduate work in international affairs at Princeton. He holds a law degree from the University of Virginia. He lives in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and Siasconset, Massachusetts, with his wife, Deborah, and their two daughters. 

Stuart Widom has been a governmental and regulatory affairs-environmental professional for more than 30 years. He is director of governmental and regulatory affairs and of business development for energy supplier Calpine Corporation, where he plays key roles in selecting sites for new power plants, development, strategic origination, and environmental licensing procurement for several power projects in mid-Atlantic. Widom served previously as senior environmental consultant for Conectiv Energy, and he served in several positions with DP&L. 

Widom is proficient in the technical and regulatory issues associated with federal, state and local proceedings, merger and acquisition matters, business development and environmental permit procurement. His experience includes expertise in educating and influencing stakeholders such as government regulators, elected officials, environmental organizations, businesses and the public. Widom earned his master’s in environmental science and engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a bachelor’s in chemistry from State University of New York, University Center at Albany. 

Osborn and Widom will help The Nature Conservancy fulfill its mission to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. 

“As The Nature Conservancy in Delaware celebrates its 25th anniversary, we are very excited to welcome Stuart and John to our Board of Trustees,” says Richie I.G. Jone, executive director of the Delaware Chapter. “Collectively, Stuart and John bring decades of experience at the top levels of American business and, in particular, government relations and policy advancement, at both state and federal levels. They are each respected members of their communities. Perhaps most importantly, they are skilled and experienced advisors. We are gratified and humbled to count them as part of our team.”

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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