Richard Z. Donovan

Senior Vice President and Vice President of Forestry

Richard Donovan

Richard Z. Donovan is a senior vice president and the vice president of Forestry at the Rainforest Alliance, where he has worked since 1992. Under his leadership the SmartWood program has expanded tremendously, now certifying all types of forest and forest products operations worldwide, in over 60 countries.

With more than 30 years of experience in forest conservation and rural development, Richard has assisted in the development of region-specific, nonprofit certification programs throughout the Americas, Europe and Southeast Asia. He has also conducted on-site certification assessments and audits in these regions.

Richard was a World Wildlife Fund senior fellow in Costa Rica for four years, a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay for three years, and a natural resources specialist at an international consulting firm for seven years. He serves on various committees and working groups of the Forest Stewardship Council, IUCN and IUFRO. He has also served as a volunteer or board member for various non-profit organizations.

Richard earned an M.S. in natural resources management from Antioch New England, and a B.A. in liberal arts from the University of South Florida. He is fluent in Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese and Guarani (a South American Indian language).

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