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Kathryn Fuller

Lawyer; former Chair of the Board, Ford Foundation; former CEO, World Wildlife Fund

Kathryn S. Fuller served as president and chief executive officer of World Wildlife Fund from 1989 to 2005, the U.S. arm of the largest organization working to save species and habitats worldwide. Trained as a lawyer and marine ecologist, Fuller joined WWF in 1983 after heading the Wildlife and Marine Resources Section of the U.S. Justice Department. Her field work included wildebeest behavioral studies in Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater and coral reef research at the U.S. Virgin Island's West Indies Laboratory. At WWF, she took special interest in expanding the role of women in conservation and in development of new mechanisms to finance nature conservation. She serves on the WWF board as President Emerita. Ms. Fuller was a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars during the 2005-2006 academic year and is currently a member of the boards of the National Museum of Natural History (vice chair and immediate past chair), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Summit Foundation, the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (immediate past chair), the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Alcoa Corporation. She served on the board of trustees of the Ford Foundation for 17 years, six as chair, and on the Corporation of Brown University, also for 17 years. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ms. Fuller received a B.A. from Brown University, USA, a J.D. with honors from the University of Texas, USA, and is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, including outstanding graduate awards from Brown and the University of Texas Law School.

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