Amy Smith has more than 18 years of experience in legal and responsible forest management and trade, including Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. In her current role as Acting Director of Responsible Forestry and Trade at World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Amy engages with North American companies committed to sourcing wood and paper products from well-managed and credibly-certified forests in important forest regions like the Amazon. She assists companies in implementing their responsible sourcing policies, including risk identification and mitigation and increasing the amount of FSC-certified products in their supply chain.
Prior to working with WWF, Amy was Director of PaTS, a non-profit organization that supports indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon to produce and market sustainably-harvested wooden handicrafts. While at PaTS, she also promoted the use of alternative timber species for furniture to alleviate pressure on over-harvested species, and helped to raise awareness about responsible wood procurement within the U.S. furniture industry. Before that, Amy held other positions at WWF in the U.S. and in Peru, where she provided technical assistance for forest conservation projects.
Amy has a M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College.