Brad Northrup Stepping Down as CCNet Global Chairperson

Story by John Morrison, Manager, Conservation Planning & Measures with WWF-US and CCNet Global Coordinator

It’s said that all good things come to an end, and as 2018 came to a close, Brad Northrup stepped down as Chairman of the Board of CCNet. Brad will now direct his time to other areas of his (busy) retirement life. When Brad retired from The Nature Conservancy after years of extraordinary service in almost every level of the organization, we were very fortunate that he so graciously agreed to serve as CCNet’s first real Chairperson in 2010.

Brad was instrumental in the birth of the Open Standards (in his contributions to the early work with 5S/CAP at TNC), the precursor Efroymson Coaches Network, and the Conservation Measures Partnership. He was ever a champion of the Coaches Network. The first Franchise sponsor/leader in the Efroymson Coaches Network, he has always believed in the value of capacity building, sharing, and learning across cultures, organizations, and geographies.

It would be almost impossible to exaggerate the value that he brings to this role and to our community. He has steered CCNet through uncertain waters, led our strategic planning process, diligently worked to ensure we have operating funds, led us through a significant growth spurt in coaches, and welcomed new franchises.

Since making his decision, Brad has been working with members of the CCNet Coordination Team to identify a list of potential candidates and the steps needed to make this transition as smooth as possible.  If anyone has any thoughts about the Chair transition, we would love to hear from you. Please address your thoughts to We will report out when there are any news.