Stephen D'Esposito

President, CEO, and Board of Trustees

I am motivated each day by the hope that I will learn something new or get to work with someone I haven't worked with before. It's a privilege to be able to do work that you're passionate about.

Stephen D'Esposito, President and CEO


Stephen D’Esposito is the President and CEO of RESOLVE and a Solutions Strategist. Trained as a policy advocate, he helps partners envision, design, and implement innovative solutions to sustainability challenges. Stephen’s work covers all of RESOLVE’s issue areas, with a focus on natural resources, energy, and sustainable development.

Stephen began his public policy work in the mid-1980s with the New York Public Interest Research Group, founded by Ralph Nader and Donald Ross. He served as National Field Director and Deputy Director of Greenpeace USA, where he played a central role in building Greenpeace USA into one of the country’s largest environmental organizations. He then led the Greenpeace International Executive Committee based in Amsterdam. His work there on the Brent Spar campaign (both the success and failure) led many corporations to rethink their approach to stakeholder engagement and shareholder advocacy.

In the decade prior to joining RESOLVE, Stephen was President and CEO of EARTHWORKS, a global policy nongovernmental organization focused on mining, oil and gas issues founded by Stuart L. Udall (former U.S. Secretary of the Interior) and J. Michael McCloskey. At EARTHWORKS, Stephen focused on fostering corporate partnerships to support advocacy and policy work.

Now, at RESOLVE, Stephen works with leadership in companies, nonprofits, foundations, and community groups both internationally and locally to make concrete progress on the biggest challenges we face today on issues like the energy transition, restoration, biodiversity, and responding to and preventing natural resource conflicts.

He is working with conservation groups and heavy industry to accelerate action on climate change, leading innovative partnerships to support habitat restoration, and spearheading a new initiative to use social enterprise for good. Stephen serves on a number of boards; he chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Mining and Metals and is a frequent keynote speaker and advisor to foundation, nonprofit, and corporate boards. 


Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

Tulane University

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