Daniel R. Katz

Daniel R. Katz, Chairman, is the senior program director at The Overbrook Foundation where he directs the Foundation's environmental giving in the areas of international biodiversity and sustainable consumption and production. He is the board chair and former executive director (1986-2000) of the Rainforest Alliance, which he co-founded in 1986 at the age of 24. A former Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellow, Mr. Katz serves as a consultant, adviser and board member of several other organizations, including the People for the American Way Foundation, the Gibson Guitar Foundation, World Parks, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the editor of two volumes: Why Freedom Matters: The Spirit of the Declaration of Independence in Prose, Poetry and Song (2003, Workman) and Tales from the Jungle: A Rainforest Reader (1995, Crown). Mr. Katz is a frequent speaker at colleges and universities around the country on the topics of the environment, leadership and civic responsibility. He received his MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University, and studied Chinese linguistics in Wuhan, China. He lives in New York City with his wife, Maggie, and their two children.