ERIK WOHLGEMUTH | Chief Operating Officer
Unofficial Title: Team Mentor
Words to live by: “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” - Indira Ghandi
In a prior life: Guided rafting trips across the American West.
Erik is an innovative strategist and a thoughtful leader. Throughout his career, business, civil society, philanthropy, and investing leaders have sought his counsel on a wide range of issues. He’s academically trained on competitive corporate environmental strategies, and rounds it out with extensive private-sector and NGO experience. Erik excels at synthesizing new or disparate information to make connections needed to spot trends that will materially impact a company or its sector.
Erik has traveled extensively and is as comfortable in his old stomping grounds of Brooklyn as he is unplugged, leading whitewater rafting trips. He is a student of history, a skeptic of tribalism, and a font of knowledge of everything from personal finances to disaster readiness. (Tip: Get the biggest back-up solar powered home generator you can afford).
Erik earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management, a Master’s in Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a BA in History from Yale College. Beyond Future 500, he serves as a West Coast Advisory Board member for the Yale School of Management and the Pacific Northwest Chapter Co-Leader for Environmental Entrepreneurs. He also serves on the agenda committee for the Business and Environmental Conference.
Erik lives with his family in Portland, Oregon, and each morning whips up an impressive array of breakfast pastries, from scratch. Yes, even on school days!