President, RESOLVE, Inc.
Stephen D’Esposito is president of RESOLVE, and chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Mining and Metals. He serves on a number of non-profit boards including the Center for Science in Public Participation and Resource Media. Prior to RESOLVE, Mr. D’Esposito was president and CEO of EARTHWORKS, founded by former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Stuart L. Udall. Mr. D’Esposito built EARTHWORKS into the leading independent NGO on mining, oil and gas issues, enhanced its reputation at the policy level and among leading companies, and bolstered its capacity as a technical resource to community groups. He also led responsible sourcing initiatives with communities, NGOs and companies like Tiffany & Co., Newmont and others. He served in a number of senior roles at Greenpeace, including head of the executive committee at Greenpeace International in Amsterdam. He began his career with the New York Public Interest Research Group, where he worked on environmental, energy and consumer issues and built the organization’s field program.
At RESOLVE Mr. D’Esposito led work on responsible minerals sourcing to address conflict minerals, working with leading stakeholders such as Intel, Apple, HP and the Enough Project. He also launched new solutions-focused programs such as Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions, Resource Diplomacy and ReGrow West Africa. Mr. D’Esposito received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1983.