Jonathan Lash

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Jonathan Lash
6th President of Hampshire College
Assumed office
Preceded by Ralph J. Hexter
Marlene Gerber Fried (interim)

Jonathan Lash (born 1945) is sixth and current president of Hampshire College[1] and member of the Board of Directors of the World Resources Institute where he served as president from 1993-2011.[2]


Jonathan Lash assumed the role of sixth president of Hampshire College in May, 2011. He was inaugurated on April 27, 2011.[3] [4]

In 1993, he became President of the World Resources Institute. From 1993 to 1999, Lash was co-chair of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. He played a key role in the creation of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, which in 2007 issued the "Call to Action" on global warming.[5]

From 1987 to 1990, Lash served as Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, having served the previous two years as Vermont’s Commissioner of Environmental Conservation. During his tenure in Vermont government, Lash helped write, win enactment of and implement statutes on issues ranging from pollution prevention and solid waste management to protection of streams. In 1990 he became director of the Environmental Law Center at the Vermont Law School, rated the best program of its kind in the United States.

A former Peace Corps volunteer and federal prosecutor, Lash worked as a senior staff attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) from 1978 to 1985, litigating and lobbying on issues related to pollution control, federal coal leasing, strip mining, and energy conservation.

Lash received an A.B. from Harvard College and a law degree and master's degrees from The Catholic University of America.

On February 10, 2017, Lash announced that he will retire at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year.[6]


  • A Season of Spoils: The Reagan Administration's Attack on the Environment, by Jonathan Lash, David Sheridan, and Katherine Gillman, New York: Pantheon Books, 1984.