Kerry Cesareo

Senior Vice President, Forests

Kerry Cesareo
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As senior vice president for Forests, Kerry leads a portfolio of strategic initiatives in pursuit of WWF’s goal to conserve the world's most important forests. Among the initiatives, we are using an innovative financial model to ensure forest protected areas are properly managed, strengthening laws to stop illegal logging, and scaling efforts to address threats to forests from agricultural expansion and infrastructure development. 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 has served as Co-chair of the Board of the Forest Stewardship Council-US, a certifier of forestry best practices that WWF helped to found in 1994.

Kerry has been involved with responsible forest management and trade for more than two decades. 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 Kerry's master’s project and her career.

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Senior Vice President


  • 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