Richard Z. Donovan
Richard has led the Rainforest Alliance forestry programs since April 1992. Today he is also actively engaged in our agriculture and climate programs, is a member of Rainforest Alliance’s Executive Leadership Team and senior advisor/leader for multiple high profile initiatives. He represents Rainforest Alliance to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) 2020, High Conservation Value Network, Consumer Goods Forum, High Carbon Stocks (HCS) Steering Group, Forest Guild, and other organizations.
Richard was instrumental in the development of the FSC, as a Founding Member and Co-chairperson of the original FSC Principles and Criteria Working Group. He is a Lead Auditor for forest management, with extensive/intensive field experience in tropical, temperate and boreal forests and Advisor to the WWF Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) globally and for North America. Examples of recent work include senior oversight for Rainforest Alliance’s evaluation of Asia Pulp and Paper’s (APP) Forest Conservation Policy, co-author of Rainforest Alliance’s position paper on deforestation and sustainability, and constant interaction with pulp and paper and palm oil companies and major retailers/brands on issues related to deforestation and sustainable sourcing.
Prior to Rainforest Alliance Richard was a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, a natural resources specialist with ARD, Inc. (consulting firm) and field project director for World Wildlife Fund US and the Neotropica Foundation in Costa Rica. Richard has an MS in natural resources management and administration from Antioch New England Graduate School.