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Anita Mielert, Paul Wilson Named to Pinchot Institute Board of Directors
Washington, DC – February 21st, 2013 – The Pinchot Institute for Conservation today announced that Anita Mielert of Simsbury, CT and Paul H. Wilson, Jr. of New York, NY, have been elected to the Institute’s board of directors.

“Anita is a prolific volunteer who will bring to the Institute her passion for historic preservation and her experience working with non-profits and government agencies at the local, state, and national levels,” said Jackson Eno, a member of the Institute’s board of directors.

A past First Selectman of Simsbury, Mielert is credited with bringing to Connecticut the very successful Connecticut Main Street Center, a partnership program with the National Trust. Today 39 Main Street communities benefit from the technical and educational assistance the Main Street program provides to revitalize their downtowns.

Mielert was selected to be one of two Connecticut advisors to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where she led the advisor’s public policy committee. In her role with the National Trust, she melded local and national programs to shepherd through a successful nomination of Simsbury as the fourth community in Connecticut to receive a federal designation as a Preserve America community.

Wilson is a retired partner of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, whose practice over 35 years has included representing clients in mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and other complex corporate transactions and international corporate matters, as well as providing ongoing corporate counseling. He was principal counsel to Chrysler Corporation in its $40 billion business combination with Daimler-Benz, the largest industrial and cross-border merger completed at the time.

“Paul has extraordinary business and legal experience representing large corporations on issues of vital competitive importance,” said Al Sample, President of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation. “We are grateful for the experience and counsel he will provide our board.”

Wilson played a significant role in building one of the world’s leading law firms, serving as Debevoise’s Deputy Presiding Partner from 1993 to 1998, and as Chief Financial Officer from 1980 to 1988 and from 1991 to 1993. He joined Debevoise in 1968 and became a partner in 1976.

Dedicated in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy, the Pinchot Institute for Conservation provides research and education on emerging conservation concerns, broadens public understanding of the importance of environmental conservation, and provides objective information to policymakers on key conservation issues. The Institute operates at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, PA, and at the Resources and Conservation Center in Washington, DC, in partnership with the US Forest Service and in collaboration with universities, natural resource agencies, and conservation organizations across the country and around the world.


Alex Andrus, 202.797.6582, aandrus@pinchot.org

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