Meet the board

Our Board supports the work of the General Assembly and the organization as a whole, and is accountable to all members. Board members are elected by the General Assembly.        

Brian Kernohan

Board member

Term of Office: 2018-2021 

Brian is Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Managing Director of Environment and Policy with Manulife Investment Management, Private Markets and Hancock Natural Resource Group.

As Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Managing Director of Environment and Policy, Brian is responsible for sustainability and responsible investing strategy and public policy engagement across forestry, agriculture, real estate, infrastructure, and private equity. 

In this role, Brian directs Manulife’s Private Markets and Hancock Natural Resource Group’s global sustainability programs, develops policies and environmental compliance mechanisms, and is responsible for government relations concerning business and environmental strategies, specific to forestry and agriculture. Brian also overseas environmental stewardship support for Hancock’s forestry and farming operations in North America while supporting ecosystem services revenue development and conservation transactions. 

Previously, Brian was Director of Policy and Environmental Advocacy for Hancock. Prior to joining Hancock in 2012, Brian was the Director of Policy at Forest Capital Partners where he was responsible for a variety of programs including forest certification, forest policy, government affairs, public relations, conservation transactions, and ecology support. 

Brian is a member of the Operating Committee of the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI). He is also a certified wildlife biologist and holds a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from Michigan State University and an M.S. in Wildlife Management from South Dakota State University.

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