Constance Best

Co-CEO and co-founder

Pacific Forest Trust

Constance Best is Co-CEO and co-founder of the Pacific Forest Trust. A recognized leader in advancing strategies that harness the power of commerce to accomplish conservation objectives, Ms. Best is a frequent speaker on the climate benefits of forests and on conservation finance. Dubbed a “Protector of the Planet” by People magazine, Ms. Best is a recipient of the EPA’s Climate Protection Award and CAR’s Climate Champion award for PFT’s leadership in sponsoring successful legislation, developing offset protocols and advocating for California’s inclusion of forest conservation and stewardship in the state’s historic climate change legislation (AB32 – the Global Warming Solutions Act). PFT also registered the first CAR forest carbon offset project meeting the state’s high standards, made landmark sales into the carbon market, and has worked with forest owners across the U.S. to develop offset projects. The Pacific Forest Trust is dedicated to sustaining America’s working forests for all the benefits they provide, including wood, water, wildlife and a well-balanced climate.