Barbara J. Bramble
IUCN-US Vice President
Vice President for International Conservation and Corporate Strategies, National Wildlife Federation
As Vice President for International Conservation and Corporate Strategies, at the National Wildlife Federation, Barbara J. Bramble works for U.S. laws and regulations, and international agreements, to conserve forests and reduce the threat of global climate change. She is an innovator who works with the private sector, bringing NWF’s massive membership to bear in convincing major retail brands to avoid purchasing meat, leather and agricultural commodities that originate from deforestation, especially of tropical rain forests and other carbon rich lands.
She also wears another hat – as the chair of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, the global initiative to certify biomass for a range of bio-products that meet voluntary standards for social and environmental safeguards.
Over two decades at National Wildlife Federation, as the original founder and director of NWF’s International Affairs department, she helped to place “sustainable development” and other environmental issues at the center of economic decision-making. She developed and directed innovative programs to: a) reform the environmental and social policies of international financial institutions such as the World Bank; b) reduce the negative environmental and social impacts of international trade agreements; c) establish voluntary certification systems to promote sustainable forest and agriculture products; and d) increase U.S. contributions to international voluntary family planning, reproductive health, and education for girls and women.
Ms. Bramble was a key organizer of the International NGO Forum at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and the Rio + 5 Conference in 1997. She worked closely with Mexican NGOs for over 5 years, to enhance their advocacy and environmental education skills.
Before joining NWF, she served as legal advisor to the Council on Environmental Quality in the Executive Office of the President. In her early years, as an environmental lawyer in private practice, she won several big fights to keep industrial scale energy projects out of protected areas; for example she helped stop a massive gas pipeline from crossing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, saving it for the later battle with the Bush Administration in the early years of the new century.
Ms. Bramble earned a J.D. from George Washington University, and a B.A. from George Mason University. Ms. Bramble has lived in Latin America for almost 5 years and speaks both Spanish and Portuguese.