Brian J. Kernohan

Chief Sustainability Officer, Managing Director, Environment and Policy

Brian is responsible for HNRG’s sustainability & responsible investing program and public policy engagement. In this role Brian directs Hancock Natural Resource Group’s global sustainability program, develops policies and environmental compliance mechanisms, and is responsible for government relations concerning business and environmental strategies. Brian is also responsible for advising the company on third-party forest and farmland certification and supporting ecosystem services revenue development and conservation transactions. Previously he was Director of Policy and Environmental Advocacy for HNRG. Prior to joining HNRG in 2012, Brian was the Director of Policy at Forest Capital Partners where he was responsible for a variety of programs including forest certification, forest policy, government affairs, public relations, conservation transactions, and ecology support. Brian is a director of PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) International and member of the Board of Governors of the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI). Brian holds a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from Michigan State University and an M.S. in Wildlife Management from South Dakota State University. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, a designation accredited by The Wildlife Society.