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Kerry Cesareo

Vice President, Forests

Kerry Cesareo
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Kerry leads WWF’s strategy and work related to forest conservation to produce measurable results in mitigating and reversing the impacts of the forest sector as a driver of biodiversity loss, particularly in WWF’s priority places. In 2006, Kerry successfully launched the North American program of WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN), forging partnerships with P&G, Kimberly-Clark, Walmart, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., and others. She also managed project start-up for the Sustainable Forest Products Global Alliance, a public-private partnership with The Home Depot and USAID, and served as Operations Manager for GFTN globally. She currently serves on the board of the Forest Stewardship Council U.S. Prior to WWF, Kerry worked as an environmental scientist, forest inventory researcher, an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer, and a U.S. PIRG Field Manager.

Kerry has been involved with responsible forest management and trade dates for more than a decade. She had the opportunity to spend a summer working with First Nations on Vancouver Island, British Columbia in 2000 as they prepared for their inaugural timber harvest through a newly-formed company, Iisaak Forest Resources. The creation of Iisaak and its commitment to FSC had helped to end decades of conflict in Clayoquot Sound among environmentalists, First Nations, and logging companies. Iisaak received FSC certification in 2001 and inspired her master’s project and a career.


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  • MEM - Forest Conservation Science and Policy, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
  • BS - Biology, University of North Carolina

Areas of Expertise

  • Development and implementation of environmentally and socially responsible forest products purchasing policies
  • Sustainable forest management and certification
  • International forest products trade and supply chain management
  • Responsible forest investment policies
  • Payments for ecosystem services from forests