Adam Freed


Nature Conservancy’s Global Securing Water Program

Adam Freed is the Director of the Nature Conservancy’s Global Securing Water Program. In this role, Adam negotiates partnerships to create innovative funding strategies for watershed management; leads the Conservancy’s robust water funds program; and develops and implements sustainable environmental, social and economic actions to provide water for people and nature. Securing Water is one of the Conservancy’s twelve priorities identified in its Global Challenges/Global Solutions framework.

Adam previously served as the Deputy Director of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, where he oversaw the implementation of and process to update the city’s long-term sustainability plan (PlaNYC) and advised the Mayor on sustainability and climate-related issues. In this role, Adam developed and managed the city’s climate resilience program.

Prior to working for the City, Adam was the Assistant Comptroller for New York City in the Office of the New York State Comptroller where he led the review of large-scale economic development projects and crafted corporate governance strategies for the State’s $150 billion state retirement fund. Additionally, Adam has worked on several city, state, and national political campaigns.

Adam received his master's in Urban Planning from NYU and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a Mel King Community Fellow at MIT. He currently resides on the Lower East Side of New York City with his wife and two sons.