Ara Erickson is Vice-President of Corporate Sustainability at Weyerhaeuser, where she is accountable for the development and implementation of the company’s comprehensive sus- tainability strategy, including three areas where the company is in a unique position to participate: working forests contri- bution to climate change solutions, the role of sustainable products in ensuring housing for everyone, and support for thriving rural communities. She serves as a board member for American Forests, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the United States, is a founding steering com- mittee member for the Women’s Forest Congress, and uses her voice to be an advocate for sustainable, working forests.
Ara is an authentic, compassionate, and driven leader, best known for building partnerships through collaboration, trans- parency and honest communication. Prior to Weyerhaeuser, she served as Director of the Green City Partnerships program with a regional conservation organization, Forterra, and as a forest-based researcher, environmental consultant and educa- tor. She received her M.S. in Forest Resources from the Univer- sity of Washington and her B.S. in Resource Management from the University of California, Berkeley.