Molly McUsic is president of the Wyss Foundation, the left-of-center grantmaking foundation of controversial medical device billionaire Hansjorg Wyss that focuses on environmentalist advocacy and land conservation in the American West and holds over $2.5 billion in assets.  Before joining the Wyss Foundation, she served in the Clinton administration as Counselor to Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt and played a large role in designating national monuments under the Antiquities Act.  She was a founding board member of the Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF), a conservation advocacy group that heavily influences the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). 
Molly McUsic comes from a background in law. She is a former attorney, a former Skadden Fellow at the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, a tenured professor at the University of North Carolina, and a visiting professor at Harvard Law School.  She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Harvard Law School.  She clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun and the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson. 
Molly McUsic served in the Clinton administration as Counselor to Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, who aggressively increased environmental regulations.  Babbitt established the National Landscape Conservation System (now called National Conservation Lands) in 2000, and credits McUsic with aggressively leading the campaign to designate national monuments under the Antiquities Act. 
The National Conservation Lands are managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a U.S. government agency criticized as both environmentally and fiscally mismanaged.  BLM is heavily influenced by conservation advocacy groups like the Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF), which received contributions of about $4.5 million dollars from the Wyss Foundation from 2011-2013.  Both Molly McUsic and Hansjorg Wyss were founding board members of CLF; Wyss, Babbitt, and Wyss Foundation vice president Chris Killingsworth are all presently board members. 
Between 2000 and 2019, McUsic gave over $20,000 to Democratic candidates.  She contributed to the campaigns of 2004 Democratic Presidential nominee John Kerry, President Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton (in both 2008 and 2016).  Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) received funds for his 2010 Senate race and his 2020 presidential campaign.