As Chief Global Engagement Officer, Alex leads the organization’s activities with external stakeholders including companies, supply chain actors, governments, NGOs, the media, and beyond. He leads a large global team that is responsible for the organization’s company engagements, brand and reputation, and ensuring technical expertise is deeply embedded throughout each of our engagements.
His team works with companies across agricultural and forestry sectors to develop and execute sustainable sourcing programs, including certification, tailored programs, and beyond. Alex manages the cultivation of new business relationships and oversees existing client relationships, looking to broaden and deepen each company’s commitment to sustainability and impact. Additionally, the team is driving a strong, clear, and consistent brand identity, narrative, and message for the organization. They protect and advance the reputation of the Rainforest Alliance and its value to the organization’s key stakeholders including civil society, companies, donors, farmers, consumers, and staff by inspiring, engaging, and involving others to join our alliance.
He and his team provide leadership, technical knowledge, and strategic vision around the core thematic priorities that underpin the Rainforest Alliance’s mission to ensure coherence, influence, and impact. They drive government and stakeholder advocacy in priority sectors and work with civil society, non-governmental, and inter-governmental organizations to drive change and strengthen alliances.
Alex has worked for the Rainforest Alliance for over thirteen years and is based remotely. He previously worked for Seattle Audubon, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, and other regional non-profit organizations in the Seattle area. He has studied and worked in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Madagascar. Alex currently serves on the Board of Directors of the ISEAL Alliance and on the Sustainable Food Lab’s Leadership Circle. He previously served on the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Sustainability Council and, as an avid backcountry skier, on the Board of the Northwest Avalanche Center.