Jeff Hayward

Director, Climate Program

Jeff Hayward

Based in Washington, DC, Hayward leads a global program active in carbon verification, best practices and standards for climate mitigation and adaptation, REDD+ capacity building, and facilitation of carbon forestry and agroforestry projects. He has 20 years experience working to advance sustainability in natural resource management, particularly through policy mechanisms that responsibly harness markets. For nearly six years, he managed the Rainforest Alliance’s forest certification programs in the Asia-Pacific region from Jakarta, Indonesia. In forest certification and carbon verification, he has conducted more than 100 assessments or audits. Hayward has been lead trainer for introductory and advanced forest carbon auditing courses and is a registered Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use(AFOLU) expert with the Verified Carbon Standard and a lead verifier with the Climate Action Reserve.

Hayward is a member of several REDD+ and climate working groups, task forces, and similar committees, addressing both technical and policy concerns on mitigation, adaptation and rights-based issues. He provides technical advice in the protocol development of the VCS, Climate, Community & Biodiversity(CCB) Standards, Plan Vivo Standards, and the Climate Action Reserve. He’s actively supported the REDD+ Social and Environmental Standards Initiative, which aims to provide safeguards for indigenous peoples, communities and biodiversity within national or sub-national REDD+ programs. He led the Rainforest Alliance’s delegation at the annual Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2007 to 2011.

Jeff earned an Msci in forestry from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American development with a specialization on forestry from the University of Washington.