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WRI Welcomes Dr. Pamela Matson to Global Board of Directors


World Resources Institute is pleased to announce that Dr. Pamela Matson, Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies Emerita in Stanford University’s Doerr School of Sustainability, will be joining WRI’s Global Board of Directors for a three-year term.

“Pamela is a global leader on sustainability with a critical understanding of nature-society systems and interdisciplinary solutions,” said Ani Dasgupta, President and CEO, WRI. “The breadth and depth of her knowledge and experience will be an enormous resource for WRI as we look to implement true systems transformations that meet the scale of the challenges facing the world.”

Dr. Matson is a Professor of Environmental Studies and Dean Emerita at Stanford, where she led Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy and Environment for 15 years and launched several interdisciplinary graduate programs and departments focused on sustainability. She is a MacArthur Foundation Award recipient and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

She was a lead author of the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that was awarded of the Nobel Prize and is an Einstein Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, among many other awards and recognitions. In addition, until recently, Dr. Matson was a member of the WWF International Board and served as Chair and Co-Chair of the WWF U.S. Board of Trustees.

“Pam knows the science, understands the urgency of action to address climate change and biodiversity for people here in the U.S. and in other countries and knows what it takes for proactive global NGOs to make a difference,” said Dr. Susan Tierney, Vice Chair, WRI Global Board of Directors. “WRI is extraordinarily fortunate that Pam will join our efforts for sustainable and equitable progress to improve people’s lives across the world.”

Dr. Matson’s research has addressed a range of environment and sustainability issues, including sources and sinks of greenhouse gases, sustainability of complex social-environmental systems (including agricultural systems), vulnerability and resilience to climate change, and knowledge-action linkages that can contribute to sustainability transformations at scale.

“WRI has been a leader in tackling climate change and environmental issues, with tangible, real-world outcomes for people and communities,” said Dr. Pamela Matson.

“I am honored and excited to join WRI’s Board to help further its mission of addressing the world’s most urgent challenges and find solutions that lift up people and nature together.”

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