Annie Leonard

Executive Director, Greenpeace USA

As the Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, Annie Leonard uses research, creative communication, non-violent direct action and people-power to advance environmental solutions. Prior to this role, Leonard released The Story of Stuff, a hit 20-minute webfilm that takes viewers on a provocative and eye-opening tour of the often hidden environmental and social costs of our consumer driven culture. The film became one of the most watched online environmental-themed films to date. Capitalizing on this momentum, Leonard founded The Story of Stuff Project, which inspires and encourages civic engagement of the more than one million members of their global community. Prior to that project, Leonard spent two decades working on international sustainability, environmental and health issues. She traveled to 40 countries, visiting the factories where our stuff is made and the dumps where it is dumped, collecting interviews and facts along the way.

Leonard has an undergraduate degree in environmental and political science from Barnard College and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. She is on the boards of Wallace Global Fund, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Public Citizen and the Democracy Initiative.

Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

Climate Ambition with Gina McCarthy, Annie Leonard and Tamara Toles O’Laughlin

Sep 22 2020 - 4:00pm

Will Joe Biden take bold action on climate if he becomes President? And what lessons can be drawn from the failure of Barack Obama and Joe Biden to get a national climate plan in place when they were in office?

“The context is different than the last time Joe Biden was anywhere near the White House,” says Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA. “The science has changed, [the] climate crisis is here now.”