William and Eva Price Senior Fellow - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Center for Ocean Solutions
Ecosystem Services and Conservation, Sustainable Development, Other
In addition to being the William and Eva Price Senior Fellow at Woods, Jim is co-director of the Center for Ocean Solutions. Through research, writing and direct engagement with private and public sector leaders, Jim is looking at how to drive large-scale systemic shifts to sustainability, with particular interest in expanding private sector leadership on sustainability globally and, specifically, in China.
Jim has more than three decades of conservation experience, spanning a broad range of conservation issues on every continent. From 2005 to 2014, he served as Director General of WWF International and leader of the global WWF Network, which is one of the world’s largest conservation organizations, active in more than 100 countries. In that capacity, he worked with government, business and civil society leaders on a wide range of issues, including climate change, marine conservation, forest protection, water resources management, and sustainability in global commodity markets. Before going to WWF International, Jim directed the conservation and science initiatives of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a leading philanthropy in the U.S. Previously, he served as executive vice president of WWF-US in Washington, D.C.; as a lawyer for the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, Kenya; as a law professor; and as a litigator for the National Audubon Society and for the U.S. Department of Justice.
Jim serves on the boards of the Marine Stewardship Council, Mission 2020, and the Luc Hoffmann Institute; on the Global Future Council for the Environment of the World Economic Forum; and on the China Council for International Cooperation in Environment and Development, which advises the Premier of China. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the ClimateWorks Foundation.
Leape received an A.B. with honors from Harvard College and a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School.
News & Press Releases
Driven by public pressure, governments and corporations are considering eliminating or phasing out single-use plastics such as straws. Stanford experts discuss the limitations of these bans and the potential for meaningful change.
By Rob Jordan,
Jim Leape discusses the advancements in technology that will help give us new insights regarding the ocean.
By Jim Leape,
WEF asked JIm Leape and other global leaders gathered in Davos about global environmental priorities going forward.
By Jim Leape,
The real business of decarbonization begins after an agreement is signed at the Paris climate conference, writes Jim Leape, a consulting professor at Woods and the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences.
By James P. Leape & David G. Victor,