Rebecca Boudreaux

Shannon Bouton is a scientist, environmentalist, and business strategist, who has dedicated her career to creating a more sustainable future for people and planet. As the Global Executive Director of, Shannon spearheads the organization’s vision to have lasting and substantial impact on complex sustainability challenges.

A field biologist by training, and with a PhD in natural resources and the environment from the University of Michigan, Shannon spent her early career working directly with grassroots communities on conservation in Brazil.

Prior to joining in 2018, Shannon spent 12 years at McKinsey & Company, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer of the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment. While at McKinsey & Company, Shannon helped to launch the firm’s Sustainability practice. Notably, in her work with the Cities Special Initiative, Shannon helped develop tools to enable cities to improve economic development, climate action planning, service delivery, transportation, and organizational performance.