Barbara J. Bramble leads NWF’s advocacy to improve U.S. international policy on climate change and builds consensus with business to sever the connection between agricultural expansion and loss of wildlife habitat. Her team brings NWF’s massive membership to bear in convincing manufacturers and major retail brands to avoid purchasing products originating from recently cleared tropical forests and other carbon rich critical habitats.
She serves as Chair of the Board of the Forest Stewardship Council, the global eco-label for wood and paper products from sustainably managed forests. She formerly chaired the Board of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, which certifies products such as bio-plastics and sustainable aviation fuels meeting global social and environmental standards.
Over three decades at the Federation, she developed innovative approaches to: a) reform the environmental and social policies of financial institutions such as the World Bank; b) reduce the negative environmental impacts of international trade agreements; and c) establish voluntary certification systems to promote sustainable forest and agriculture products. Ms. Bramble was a key organizer of the International NGO Forum at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. She worked closely with Mexican NGOs for several years, to enhance their advocacy and environmental education skills.
Before joining the Federation, she served as legal advisor to the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and as an environmental lawyer in private practice. Her J.D. is from George Washington University, and B.A. is from George Mason University. Ms. Bramble has lived in Latin America for almost five years and speaks both Spanish and Portuguese.