Lara Birkes (3)

Lara

Birkes

“The natural wonders of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are a global treasure. It’s a privilege to serve on the GVLT Board working to conserve open space, support rural ranching communities, enable trail access, and protect wildlife habitats. It’s a critical time for conservation, in a critical ecosystem, and I’m delighted to be collaborating with such a dedicated and passionate team.”

Lara is a sustainability and climate professional with over 15 years of experience managing partnerships, initiatives, and policy engagement with companies, international organizations, governments, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Most recently Lara was Global Head of Sustainability at Sonder where she established the corporate social responsibility (CSR) function pre-IPO. She also serves on the Advisory Board of EQX Biome, a start-up working to mobilize financial markets to protect the world’s remaining biodiversity hotspots. Previously Lara was a Senior Advisor with Brodie Partners, a London-based business sustainability consultancy. Prior to that, she led the Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) global sustainability team. As Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President, Lara guided the development and management of strategic Living Progress programs, oversaw the operation of the HPE Foundation, and collaborated with senior leaders across the organization to ensure the full integration of corporate responsibility into the company’s business strategy. Lara came to HPE from the Virgin Unite Foundation in London working as Acting Director of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives. Previously she was based in Geneva and led the Global Policy Affairs team for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), driving engagement with international organizations, governments, and multilateral institutions. Lara also served as the Head of Strategic Initiatives with the World Economic Forum, managing the Organization’s G20 initiative, their community of U.S. Government officials, and the Working Group on Trade and Climate Change. She holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Management from the University of Montana, a Master of Arts in International Trade Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, and served as a Fulbright Scholar in Morocco. She started her career working on Capitol Hill with the U.S. Senate Finance Committee for Montana Senator Max Baucus. Lara is an outdoor enthusiast and lives in the Paradise Valley—a few miles from where her great-grandparents homesteaded on the Yellowstone River. Away from work, you can usually find Lara in the mountains with her dog.