Founder and Co-Chair
Louis Bacon is a conservation philanthropist who has dedicated more than two decades to protecting natural resources in the United States and abroad. Mr. Bacon is the Founder and Co-Chair of The Moore Charitable Foundation, which he founded in 1992. Along with its affiliate foundations, The Moore Charitable Foundation focuses on supporting conservation nonprofits that protect threatened habitats, landscapes and water bodies. Moore Charitable has programming to support local community educational, health and cultural organizations and services.
In 1999, Mr. Bacon was instrumental in founding the Waterkeeper Alliance, the largest and fastest growing nonprofit solely focused on preserving and protecting clean water. Originally a loosely affiliated group of clean water advocates, the Alliance now represents more than 300 local environmental organizations in over 40 countries.
Mr. Bacon has protected more than 214,000 acres of land in perpetuity across the United States. He donated a conservation easement of approximately 167,000 acres on the Trinchera Blanca Ranch in Colorado to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The donation was the largest ever received by USFWS and was critical in the establishment of the nation’s 558th unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Combined with conservation easements authorized by Mr. Bacon on Tercio and Red River Ranches in Southern Colorado, nearly 800,000 acres of protected private and public lands are now connected from Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado to northern New Mexico.
Mr. Bacon was the lead investor in The Forestland Group, LLC, (TFG), a timberland investment management organization that acquires naturally regenerating forests and manages them sustainably. In 1999, TFG helped finance one of the country’s most substantial conservation transactions when it acquired approximately 110,000 acres of Adirondack State Park forestlands.
Mr. Bacon has received numerous honors for his commitment to conservation, including Riverkeeper’s Environmental Leadership Award, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award, the Audubon Medal, the Chairman’s Leadership Award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Longleaf Alliance’s True Longleaf Champion Award, North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award, and the Land Trust Alliance President’s Award.
Mr. Bacon is the founder, Chairman and principal investment manager of Moore Capital Management, LP (“Moore Capital”). Moore Capital, founded in March 1989, is a private investment management firm that invests in the public global financial markets, real estate, private lending and private equity markets. A native of North Carolina, Mr. Bacon earned an M.B.A. in finance from Columbia Business School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Literature from Middlebury College.
Mr. Bacon serves on the Board of Overseers at Columbia Business School and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Foreign Policy Association and an executive member of the No Labels Founders Council. He also serves on the Leadership Council of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School and is a member of the Corporate Fund Board of the Kennedy Center. Mr. Bacon serves on the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation.