Mike Eckhart

Categories: Board of Directors

Mike participated in the original Oyster Policy Roundtable and has been on the ORP Board since 1994. In 1992, he proposed the Clear Bay Project — the combination of a large-scale, hatchery-based oyster restoration program for the Chesapeake Bay, powered by a gas-fired power generation plant — that was one of the factors that led to the formation of the Roundtable and ultimately to the ORP. Mike grew up in Annapolis in the early 1960s, when the Skipjack fleet still sailed from the area and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1966. He served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service and went on to receive an Electrical Engineering degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Having worked in power generation and renewable energy for more than 30 years, Mike has continued to strive to connect the dots between this cutting-edge, sustainable practice and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. Mike joined Citi, a leading global financial services company, after spending a decade as the founding President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), where he became a world leader on issues of renewable energy and often contributes this “business environmentalism” to the ORP. Mike enjoys sailing out of Annapolis with his wife and two grown daughters and has enjoyed membership with both the Maryland Watermen’s Association and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for several decades.