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Kathy Abusow became President and CEO of SFI Inc. in 2007, the same year that the Sustainable Forestry Initiative became an independent, non-profit organization. SFI plays a central role in strengthening the links between sustainable forestry, responsible purchasing and thriving communities. The internationally-recognized SFI Program is governed by a diverse board representing conservation, economic and social interests. Since Kathy joined SFI, forests certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard have grown from 140 million acres to more than a quarter billion acres. Added to that are millions more positively influenced by the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard, which has as a key component the responsible procurement of forest products. Kathy earned an undergraduate from McGill University, with studies at Leningrad State University, and an M.A. from Harvard University with a concentration in sustainable development of natural resources.