As Vice President for Institutional Strategy and Development at the World Resources Institute, Elizabeth Cook works with WRI’s board and staff to scale up the organization’s priority initiatives. This includes expanding external partnerships critical to WRI’s financial and programmatic success. Cook has played a leadership role in growing WRI’s budget from $20 million in 2005 to over $70 million today.
A staff member since 1994, Cook has held several diverse positions within the institute. Prior to her current role, she directed WRI’s Markets and Enterprise Program, which harnesses the power of business to create profitable solutions to environment and development challenges. Before that, she led WRI’s interdisciplinary Climate Protection Initiative, which worked in partnership with companies to identify policies and business strategies for achieving strong climate goals. Cook has over twenty-five years of experience working with industry on innovative responses to environmental issues. She has advised numerous Fortune 500 companies on how to strengthen corporate commitments to the environment, including GE, Nike, Wal-Mart, DuPont, Johnson & Johnson, Alcoa, Shell, and Caesars Entertainment. She serves on the board of Future Harvest: Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.
In September 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Cook its “Best of the Best Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award” in recognition of the most exceptional global contributions in the first two decades of the Montreal Protocol.