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Chief Operating Officer

Erik joined Future 500 in 2001 and is now Future 500’s COO, responsible for organizational management.  He oversees the financial planning, strategic marketing and development, and serves as a strategic advisor on various projects.

Erik has worked with a broad range of industries – chemical, energy, consumer products, automotive, high-tech, clean tech, biomaterials – and numerous NGOs focusing on a range of social and environmental issues. He is adept at seeing and cultivating opportunities to connect organizations and bring people together to advance innovative approaches toward solving complex sustainability challenges.

Erik earned a MBA from Yale School of Management with a concentration in Competitive Strategies and Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, with a concentration in Industrial Environmental Management. He also received a B.A. in history from Yale College, focusing on development of the American West.

Erik sits on the Agenda Committee for The SRI Conference and is active in alumni affairs for the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

Contact Erik: ewohlgemuth@future500.org

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Effecting Positive Environmental and Social Change

Erik has a Master’s in Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and has devoted his career to empowering the non-profit sector to effect positive social and environmental change within the corporate sector. As a whitewater river guide, he advocated for river conservation and fought proposed dam projects. As an urban forest researcher in NY, he advocated for increased city budgeting for city parks and street trees. At Care2.com, he helped build tools to mobilize online communities to take actions to effect change in corporate practices that harm the environment and people.

Aligning Decision Makers

From his first job after college conducting research for money-center banks at the Advisory Board in Washington DC, Erik has devoted his career to improving business efficiency. He went on to earn a MBA from Yale School of Management since then has devoted his career to helping corporations integrate sustainability into their operations. The common theme throughout his business career has been on aligning decision makers: identifying and engaging internal and external opinion leaders who can be instrumental in accelerating a company’s adoption of more sustainable business practices and continuous improvement across the supply chain.

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