Steven Sanderson:

Board Member

Steven SandersonSteven Sanderson resides on the Georgia coast near Savannah and has lived in the Southeast for more than 20 years, first as a faculty member at the University of Florida (1979-97) and then as Dean of Emory College at Emory University (1997-2001). In 2012, he retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York, a position he had held for eleven years. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University (1978). He has studied the politics of rural poverty, biodiversity conservation and environmental change, and is a specialist in Latin America.

In the mid-1980s, Dr. Sanderson served as Ford Foundation Program Officer in Brazil, where he designed and implemented the Foundation’s Amazon program. While at the University of Florida, he directed the Tropical Conservation and Development Program. For the past thirty years, he has been deeply involved with the organization of scientific cooperation on the environment, notably through the Social Science Research Council, the International Geosphere-Biosphere program, and the National Academy of Sciences Oversight Committee on Restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem. As a conservation practitioner and head of a major wildlife conservation organization, he sought worldwide collaborations on behalf of biodiversity conservation and rural poverty alleviation.

A former Fulbright Scholar in Mexico, Dr. Sanderson is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations and received the degree of Doctor of Science honoris causa from Fordham University. In 2008, he was named Distinguished Alumnus of his alma mater, the University of Central Arkansas. He continues as a founding member of the advisory council of the Stanford University Woods Institute of the Environment, and as President Emeritus and Senior Advisor to the Wildlife Conservation Society.