Tensie Whelan

Tensie Whelan

Director, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business

Tensie Whelan is the director of NYU Stern School of Business’s Center for Sustainable Business, where she is bringing her 25 years of experience working on local, national and international environmental and sustainability issues to engage businesses in proactive and innovative mainstreaming of sustainability. Currently a Clinical Professor for Business and Society at Stern, she previously served as president of the Rainforest Alliance where she built the organization from a $4.5 million to $50 million budget, transforming the engagement of business with sustainability, recruiting 5,000 companies in more than 60 countries to work with Rainforest Alliance.  She transformed the Rainforest Alliance frog into an internationally recognized and credible brand. Her previous work included serving as executive director of the New York League of Conservation Voters, vice president of the National Audubon Society, managing editor of Ambio, a journal of the Swedish Academy of Sciences, and a journalist in Latin America.  Whelan has been recognized by Ethisphere as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics, was the Citi Fellow in Leadership and Ethics at NYU Stern in 2015 and has served on numerous nonprofit boards and corporate advisory boards such as the Unilever Sustainable Sourcing Advisory Board and the Nespresso Innovation Fund Advisory Board. She was most recently appointed as a member of the board of directors for Aston Martin and GlobeScan, to the newly created Global Advisory Council for Odebrecht and as an advisor to the Future Economy Project for Harvard Business Review. Tensie holds a B.A. from New York University, an M.A from American University and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Owner President Management (OPM) Program.

Contact Details

44 West 4th Street, Suite 8-190
New York, NY 10012

212-998-0567 stern.nyu.edu/sustainability
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