Executive Vice President for Public Affairs | Wildlife Conservation Society
John Calvelli is Executive Vice President for Public Affairs, joining the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) after working for more than 15 years in public service. WCS is a global conservation organization, headquartered at the Bronx Zoo, committed to saving wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. John is leading the organization’s efforts to inspire and engage the public in support of its mission.
Prior to joining WCS, Mr. Calvelli served as Administrative Assistant/Counsel to Congressman Eliot Engel, having oversight responsibility for Congressional administrative office functions and overseeing, directing and supervising all legislative initiatives during his tenure on the House Commerce, Foreign Affairs, Science and the Education and Labor Committees. The Republic of Italy bestowed the honorific title of Knighthood in the Order of Merit to John for his work promoting stronger US-Italy relations.
Mr. Calvelli graduated from Fordham University and earned a law degree from Fordham Law School. Mr. Calvelli was a founder and is currently the Chair of the International Conservation Partnership. He also serves on the board of the Public Affairs Council, New York City and Company, the National Italian American Foundation, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, the Steering Committee of the Association for a Better New York and is the Chair of the New York City Cultural Institutions Group.