On February 9th, AD Partners hosted a major Capitol Hill briefing with a unique lineup of advocates, including Senators Kerry and Lugar, Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, and a diverse list of NGO Presidents, corporate leaders and other honored guests.

Protecting tropical forests is an essential strategy in the fight against climate change, and the United States must take a leadership role on the issue, the multi-sector alliance of leaders from across the political, environmental, development and business spectrum declared today. In a unified voice, CEOs and presidents of international conservation groups, poverty and development organizations and American industry joined Senators John Kerry and Richard Lugar in calling for Congress to include strong tropical forest protection measures in U.S. climate change legislation.


The Call for Leadership has already been signed by more than thirty of the world’s leading corporations, elected leaders, nonprofit organizations and policy experts. The event marked the first such multi-sector advocacy for a common policy approach on forests and climate change, and the participants emphasized both the uniqueness and urgency of the moment.

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Featured Speakers, Panelists and Honored Guests included:

Wangari Maathai — Founder, Green Belt Movement
Hon. John Kerry — Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Richard Lugar — Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Arne Sorenson — CFO, Marriot International, Inc.
David Barron — President, International Conservation Caucus Foundation
Frances Beinecke — President, Natural Resources Defense Council
Helene Gayle — President and CEO, Care USA
James Warren Evans — Director, Environment Department, World Bank
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend — Environmentalist, Former Lt. Governor, Maryland
Kevin Conrad — Director, Coalition for Rainforest Nations
Kevin Knobloch — President, Union of Concerned Scientists
Mark Tercek — President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy
Michael Morris — Chairman, president and CEO, American Electric Power
Peter Seligmann — Chairman, Conservation International
Raymond Offenheiser — President, Oxfam America
Robert Corell — Director of the Global Change Program, The Heinz Center
Stuart Eizenstat — Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Teresa Heinz — Chair, The Heinz Endowments

Event Organizing Group:

  • Jeff Horowitz — Founding Partner, Avoided Deforestation Partners
  • Charlotte Streck — Director, Climate Focus B.V.
  • Rick Saines — Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
  • Toby Janson-Smith — Senior Director, Conservation International
  • Robert O’Sullivan — Executive Director, Climate Focus North America
  • Ann Tartre — Executive Director, Avoided Deforestation Partners
  • Aimee Christensen — Founder and CEO, Christensen Global Strategies, LLC
  • Andrew Jones — Director, Climate Group, Care USA
  • Eric Haxthausen — Climate Change Senior Policy Advisor, The Nature Conservancy
  • Holly Fechner — Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Jake Schmidt — International Climate Change Policy Director Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Kyle Danish — Partner, Van Ness Feldman, P.C.
  • Mari Snyder — Communications Director, Marriott International, Inc.
  • Marty McBroom — Director Federal Environmental Affairs, American Electric Power
  • Nigel Purvis — President, Climate Advisers
  • Peter Frumhoff — Chief Scientist, Climate Campaign, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Ryan Cunningham — Director, The Glover Park Group
  • Susan Lylis — Executive Director, International Conservation Caucus Foundation
  • Steve Kline — Vice President Corporate Environmental and Federal Affairs, PG&E Corporation
  • Steve Schwartzman — Director for Tropical Forest Policy Environmental Defense Fund
  • Wanjira Maathai — Executive Director, Green Belt Movement

Participants (Not including Congressional Staff):

  • Adam Chapman — Project Manager, Avoided Deforestation Partners
  • Adotei Akwei — Director, Government Affairs, Care USA
  • Albert Cho — Manager, McKinsey & Company
  • Amy Gambrill — Carr Foundation
  • Annie Petsonk — International Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Anna Maria Schneider — Director, Industry and Government Relations, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc
  • Barbara Bramble — Senior Program Advisor, International Affairs, National Wildlife Federation
  • Bart Simmons — Chief Operating Officer, Ecosystem Restoration Assoc. Inc.
  • Bill Goodfellow — Executive Director, Center for International Policy
  • Bob Musil — Former CEO, Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Bobbie Hertel — Environmentalist
  • Carter Bales — Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company
  • Cassie Pataky — Director, U.S., Green Belt Movement
  • Charles Barber — Environmental Advisor, Office of Environment and Science Policy, USAID
  • Charles Hall — Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
  • Charles McNeill — Senior Policy Advisor, Environment and Energy Group, UNDP
  • Chris Tuite — Director of Forest Carbon Markets, Conservation International
  • Christian Stenberg — First Secretary, Embassy of Denmark
  • Christina DeConcini — Director of Legislative Affairs, World Resources Institute
  • Consuelo Espinosa — Senior Forest and Climate Change Officer, IUCN
  • Cynthia Awuor — Regional Climate Change Advisor, East Africa, CARE International
  • Cynthia Ryan — Executive Director, Schooner Foundations
  • Dan Zarin — Senior Advisor, Tropical Forest Carbon Strategy, David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • David Waskow — Climate Change Program Director, Oxfam US
  • Dharsono Hartono — Project Director, PT. Rimba Makmur Utama
  • Diane Fitzgerald — (forestry projects), American Electric Power
  • Donna Lee — Office of Global Change, US Department Of State
  • Duncan Marsh — Director of International Climate Policy The Nature Conservancy
  • Duncan Stewart — Environment and Energy, Embassy of Canada
  • Eric Young — Climate and energy press secretary, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Eric Palola — Senior Director, Forests for Wildlife, National Wildlife Federation
  • Erika Harms — Director, Sustainable Development Program, UN Foundation
  • Erika Nortemann — Photographer, The Nature Conservancy
  • Eron Bloomgarden — President, Environmental Markets Group, Equator Environmental LLC
  • Federica Bietta — Deputy Director, Coalition for Rainforest Nations
  • Griel Thoumi — Forestry Director, MGM International Group, LLC
  • Gerrity Lansing — President, Equator Environmental
  • Gerry Hertel — Forest Ecologist, Westchester University
  • Gia Schneider — Partner, Eko Asset Management Partners
  • Glenn Prickett — Senior Vice-President, Conservation International
  • Gonzalo Castro — Managing Director, Americas, Sustainle Forestry Management
  • Gus Silva-Chavez — International Climate Change Policy Analyst Environmental Defense Fund
  • Henry Stern — Volunteer, Avoided Deforestation Partners
  • Hiranya Fernando — Senior Associate, Capital Markets Research, World Resources Institute
  • James Rubin — Senior Attorney, Hunton & Williams LLP
  • James Baker — Director, Global Carbon Measurement Program, Clinton Climate Initiative
  • Jan Hartke — Director, Clinton Climate Initiative
  • Janet Peace — VP Markets and Business Strategy, Pew Center
  • Jason Patlis — Vice President and Managing Director, World Wildlife Fund
  • Jeff Waldon — Executive Director, Tropical Forest Foundation
  • Jennifer Denney — Strategic Communications, The Nature Conservancy
  • Jennifer Layke — Deputy Director, Climate and Energy Program, World Resources Institute
  • Joanna Durbin — Director, CCBA
  • JoDee Winteroff — Care USA
  • John Lewis — Terra Global Capital
  • John Van D. Lewis — Managing Director, Terra Global Capital
  • Joshua Meltzer — First Secretary (Trade Policy), Embassy of Australia
  • Kanika Riley — Care USA
  • Karen Neale — Manager, Government Relations, International Paper Company
  • Karen Foerstel — Senior Media and Marketing Manager, The Nature Conservancy
  • Katherine Hamilton — Manager, Ecosystem Marketplace
  • Keith Belton — Director of Government Affairs, Environment and Energy, Dow Chemical
  • Kevin Hogan — Advisor, President of Guyana, office of the president of Guyana
  • Kristen Pattersen — Associate Director, Africa Program, The Nature Conservancy
  • Laura Bowling — Senior Vice President Communications, Conservation International
  • Lee Stein — Chairman, Prize Capital
  • Leslie Durschinger — Managing Director, Terra Global Capital
  • Lisa Merton — Filmmaker, Marboro Productions
  • Malachy Hargadon — Environment Counselor, Delegation of the European Commission
  • Manuel Oliva — Director, U.S. Climate Policy, Conservation International
  • Mario-Ingo Soos — energy and environmental, German Embassy
  • Marisa Martin — Associate Baker & McKenzie LLP
  • Matt Ogonowski — Senior Policy Analyst, Center For Clean Air Policy
  • Max Williamson — Principal, Beveridge & Diamond
  • Melissa McHenry — Corporate Communications, American Electric Power
  • Melissa Lavinson — PG&E
  • Michael Jenkins — President and CEO, Forest Trends
  • Mya Walters — Carbon Neutral Project, Volkswagen Group of American, Inc
  • Nick Bridge — Counsellor for Global Issues, British Embassy
  • Pat Hemlepp — Corporate Communications, American Electric Power
  • Patrick Hughes — Climate and Energy, UN Foundation
  • Patrick Smith — USAID
  • Per Frederik Ilsaas Pharo — Deputy Director, Ministry of Environment, Norway
  • Peter Jenkins — Director of International Conservation, Defenders of Wildlife
  • Peter Molinaro — Vice President, Federal and State Government Affairs The Dow Chemical Company
  • Peter Schwach — Senior Partner, Thurlestone Capital LLP
  • Radha Kuppalli — Director, New Forests, Inc.
  • Ralph Schmidt — Forester
  • Ralph Ashton — Convenor and Chair, Terrestrial Carbon Group
  • Ray Kopp — Director, Climate and Technology Policy Program, Resources for the Future
  • Rhett Butler — Founder and Editor, Mongay
  • Robert Falls — President and CEO, Ecosystem Restoration Assoc.
  • Sally Collins — Director of Ecosystem Services and Markets, Forest Service
  • Sarah Hines — Presidential Management Fellow, US Department Of Agriculture
  • Sigrid Bay — First Secretary, Royal Norwegian Embassy
  • Stephen Mills — Director, International Programs, Sierra Club
  • Steve Porter — Director, Climate Change, Center for International Environmental Law
  • Steve McBee — President And CEO, McBee Strategic Consulting
  • Ted Dreyfus — Managing Director, Clinton Climate Initiative
  • Warwick Manfrinato — Director, Plant
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