Peter C. Goldmark, Jr. has worked in a variety of fields, including governmental administration, environmental advocacy, philanthropy, and journalism.
Goldmark graduated from Harvard University in 1962 with a degree in government. After graduation he held a number of high-level positions including budget director for the State of New York and head of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
In 1988 Goldmark was chosen to succeed Richard W. Lyman as President of the Rockefeller Foundation (RF). In this role he helped to shore up the Foundation’s finances, which had declined throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He also directed the Foundation’s activities and grant funding towards educational reform, urban poverty, and environmental and energy issues.
Goldmark left the RF in 1997, and one year late became the publisher of the International Herald Tribune, a position he retained until 2003. He continues to write a weekly column for Newsday.
Since leaving the International Herald Tribune, Goldmark has worked in environmental advocacy. Until 2010 he served as program director of the Environmental Defense Fund’s climate and air program, where he spoke out on issues of climate change and advocated international and public and private cooperation in order to work towards global climate solutions.
Goldmark has also been a visiting professor at various institutions, including the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Yale University, and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Today, Goldmark works as an independent consultant and policy expert on environmental issues.