WCS Trustees & Senior Management

Board of Trustees

“The world’s biodiversity is facing threats from all angles. Wilderness areas are vanishing and fauna and flora species are facing extinction like never before. The team at WCS is relentless in its efforts in this urgent fight to preserve nature for wildlife and humanity. I am honored to have been elected by the WCS trustees as Chair.”

Alejandro Santo Domingo, Chair

Board Officers

Alejandro Santo Domingo

Thomas J. Edelman

Hamilton E. James
Vice Chair

Elizabeth Ainslie

Elected Trustees

Elizabeth Ainslie

Frederick W. Beinecke

Rosina M. Bierbaum

Duncan A. Chapman

Rudolph F. Crew

Katherine L. Dolan

Gordon E. Dyal

Thomas J. Edelman

Christopher J. Elliman

Paul A. Gould

Peter T. Grauer

Jonathan D. Green

Antonia M. Grumbach

O. Andreas Halvorsen

Judith H. Hamilton

John N. Irwin III

Hamilton E. James

Julia Marton-Lefèvre

David J. Millstone

Ambrose K. Monell

Adebayo O. Ogunlesi

Alejandro Santo Domingo

Juan Manuel Santos

David B "Scott" Schiff

Walter C. Sedgwick

Katherine Sherrill

Caroline N. Sidnam

Andrew H. Tisch

Roselinde Torres

Marcel van Poecke

Akiko Yamazaki

Robert B. Zoellick

Ex Officio Trustees

Bill de Blasio
Mayor of the City of New York

Scott Stringer
Comptroller of the City of New York

Corey Johnson
Speaker, New York City Council

Gabrielle Fialkoff
Commissioner, Dept. of Parks
and Recreation, City of New York

Gonzalo Casals
Commissioner, Dept. of Cultural Affairs,
City of New York

Rubén Díaz Jr.
President, Borough of the Bronx

Eric Adams
President, Borough of Brooklyn

Cristián Samper, PhD
President and Chief Executive Officer,
Wildlife Conservation Society

Life Trustees

C. Diane Christensen

Howard Phipps, Jr.
Chair Emeritus

Julian H. Robertson, Jr.

David T. Schiff
Chair Emeritus

Mrs. Leonard N. Stern

Ward W. Woods
Chair Emeritus

Barbara Hrbek Zucker

Trustees Emeriti

Eleanor Briggs

Jonathan L. Cohen

Bradley L. Goldberg

Brian J. Heidtke

WCS Council

The WCS Council brings together a core of WCS supporters to help advance our mission and provide leadership support as we expand our programs and initiatives.

Ambassador Barbara Barrett
and Craig Barrett

Michelle Clayton

Todd and Emma Goergen

Melissa Hawks

Gillian Hearst

Catherine and Blake Holden

Angela C. Huang

Anita L. Keefe

Trevor Kempner

Justin F. Korsant

Patricia and Alan Koval

Larry Linden

Terry and Bob Lindsay

Tracy V. Maitland

Eugene R. McGrath

Ilona Nemeth and Alan Quasha

Shweta Rawat

Alexander T. Robertson

Roger Sant

Jack Stephenson

Mara Talpins

Pamela M. Thye

Robin van Bokhorst

WCS Senior Management

"Making good on WCS's ambitious conservation strategy requiresfirst rate leadership throughout the organization. I am proud to work with WCS's highly competent and accomplished leadership team, at the executive level and within each of our divisions. Together we strive to save wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature."

Cristián Samper, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer

Cristián Samper, PhD
President and Chief Executive Officer

Robert G. Menzi
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

James J. Breheny
Executive Vice President & General Director, Zoos and Aquarium, and Jonathan Little Cohen Director of the Bronx Zoo

John F. Calvelli
Executive Vice President for Public Affairs

Paula Hayes
Executive Vice President and Chief of Global Resources

Joseph Walston
Executive Vice President for Global Conservation

Mary A. Dixon
Senior Vice President for Communications

Christopher J. McKenzie, Esq.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Deputy Secretary

Laura Stolzenthaler
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

A more complete listing of WCS's worldwide leadership is contained in WCS's Annual Report.

As of December 2021

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