Reilly joined the California board in 2008 and will lead the conservancy in tackling various environmental issues.
“The Nature Conservancy finds pragmatic solutions to protect nature while meeting the needs of people,” said Reilly. “We have an opportunity to inspire change by proving there is a new way to do things.”
Conservancy executive director Mike Sweeney said Reilly’s “commitment to conservation, creative energy and drive for results” make him an ideal leader for organization.
“We’re thrilled to have one of television’s most forward-thinking executives spearhead our effort to inspire change in California, across the country and around the world,” said Sweeney.
Reilly oversees all business operations and creative strategy for Fox, shepherding hits like Glee,” and also oversaw the rebranding of FX with an original programming strategy.
He has long been involved with green initiatives and organizations. He serves as an active board member for the Environmental Media Assn. and is an adviser to nonprofit Grades of Green.
Reilly succeeds Gene T. Sykes, head of Goldman Sachs’ Global Mergers and Acquisitions business, who completed his term as chairman this month.