Daniel R. Katz

Board Chair

Daniel R. Katz is the board chair and former president of the Rainforest Alliance, an organization he co-founded in 1986 at the age of 24.

As the senior program director at the Overbrook Foundation, he directs the foundation’s environmental giving in the areas of international biodiversity conservation and sustainable consumption. At Overbrook, Katz created Catalog Choice, an online service that offers an easy way for millions of users to stop the flow of unwanted catalogs into their mailboxes. He is currently spearheading initiatives to build a stronger, more inclusive, and equitable environmental movement in the United States.

A former Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellow, Katz has served as a consultant, adviser, and board member for numerous organizations including People for the American Way, Grist.org, and the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the editor of two volumes -- Why Freedom Matters: The Spirit of the Declaration of Independence in Prose, Poetry and Song [Workman], and Tales from the Jungle: A Rainforest Reader [Crown].

Katz is a frequent speaker at colleges and universities around the country on the topics of social entrepreneurism, rainforest conservation, sustainability, and leadership. He received his MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University where he recently became an adjunct professor. He lives in New York City with his wife Maggie, and their two children.

Forest canopy - photo by Sergio Izquierdo

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