|Teresa Heinz Kerry
Chairman of the Heinz Endowments Heinz Family Philanthropies
2008 Rachel Carson Award Honoree
Teresa Heinz Kerry, a pioneer in the field of venture philanthropy, is one of the nation's leading environmental advocates. Currently chairman of the Heinz Endowments and the Heinz Family Philanthropies, Ms. Heinz Kerry established The Heinz Center in honor of her late husband, Senator John Heinz. The Center is dedicated to improving the scientific and economic foundation for environmental policy through collaboration among business, government, academia, and environmental organizations. Involved in protecting, and advocating for the environment since her early childhood years in Mozambique, Ms. Heinz Kerry works tirelessly to promote environmental awareness and literacy.
Ms. Heinz Kerry established The Teresa Heinz Scholars for Environmental Research program provides enhancement support for doctoral dissertation and master's thesis (or project) research; created The John Heinz Environmental Fellows Program for students enrolled in United Negro College Fund (UNCF) institutions; and co-authored This Moment on Earth with her husband, Senator John Kerry. As co-founder of the Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning (now called the Alliance for Healthy Homes), she has focused attention and action on the link between the environment and health.
Named by the UTNE Reader to its list of 100 Visionaries, Ms. Heinz Kerry has been recognized by numerous awards for her environmental leadership, including the World Ecology Award from the International Center for Tropical Ecology at the University of Missouri and the Shades of Green award from the Green Building Alliance.
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