John Verdieck

John Verdieck serves as the Chair of the ART Advisory Board. He is the Director of International Climate Policy at The Nature Conservancy. In this role he works to improve policy coherence between international climate change rulesets and national-level action in the land sector, including supporting TNC country teams to implement current and future programs that align with international standards and best practices. John formerly worked at the U.S. State Department where he negotiated UNFCCC workstreams related to REDD+, carbon markets, and the Paris Agreement’s rulesets for Nationally Determined Contributions. As part of his roles at both TNC and the U.S. State Department, which are both Financial Contributors to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, John helped design the program’s Methodological Framework and build the overall program. He also helped launch and design the Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes, another jurisdictional fund focused on forests and land use. John holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of California, San Diego.

John Verdieck

Board of Directors

The Advisory Board oversees ART’s implementation in accordance with the evolving UNFCCC processes and guarantees good governance, transparent rules, and processes that assure quality and adequate safeguards. ART Advisory Board members have all agreed to the ART Board Charter and the ART Ethical Standard. Advisory Board members serve in their personal capacities, not as representatives of their organizations or of particular stakeholder groups.

ART Advisory Board Meeting Minutes are available to the public.


The ART Secretariat, hosted by Winrock International, is responsible for the operation of the ART program, including the development of The REDD+ Environmental Excellence Standard (TREES) and overseeing the registration, verification and issuance of Board-approved TREES Credits on the ART registry.