Ruth Noguerón is a Senior Associate in the Forests Program. Ruth splits her time between Global Forest Watch and with the Forest Governance and Policy team.

At WRI, Ruth has conducted research, managed projects and participated in multi-stake holder partnerships in Canada, the U.S., Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, and Guyana.

As part of her Global Forest Watch work, Ruth works to promote the use of satellite forest monitoring data in forest management, conservation, and forest legality decision-making processes, including identifying and documenting the enabling conditions for the wide-spread adoption of this data.

Ruth has led the teams work on the development and implementation of timber traceability systems. In addition, Ruth has experience working with the private sector in the United States and across Latin America. In 2015, in collaboration with the International Wood Products Association she helped launch a Due Care Training program which has been replicated for producers in Peru, Colombia and Guatemala. This work aims to build small and medium size enterprises’ capacity to comply with global market legality requirements such as the U.S. Lacey Act and the European Union Timber Regulation.

Ruth also led the development of a Sustainable Procurement Guide. Developed in close partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Forest Solutions Group member companies, the Guide provides guidance for corporate buyers in the development and implementation of sustainable procurement policies for wood and paper-based products.

Before joining WRI, Ruth worked in México City at the Tropical Action Forest Program (PROAFT). She also worked for a private consulting firm on project funded by the government of Mexico and the World Bank to evaluate the natural protected areas in México.

Ruth has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in México City, an Associate’s degree in Applied Geography from Montgomery College, Maryland, and a Masters’ degree in Environmental Sciences from Johns Hopkins University.

In her free time, Ruth enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the Washington-Maryland and Virginia area.