Vice President, Plastic Waste and Business
World Wildlife Fund
Erin Simon is Vice President and Head of Plastic Waste and Business at World Wildlife Fund. In this role, Erin’s mandate is to drive positive change across industries in packaging and material sustainability – an area of action that is critical to conserving the world’s natural resources, and one that is key to WWF’s mission of protecting people and the planet. Since joining WWF in 2011, Erin has played an integral role in growing the partnerships, programs, and science that have made WWF a leaders in this space. This includes initiating WWF’s response to the one of most pressing environmental issues of our time: plastic pollution. In addition to helping spearhead WWF’s initiative, “No Plastic in Nature,” Erin has led the development of thought leadership and programs to transform the way the world—and specifically business—fights the plastic waste crisis. In 2019, she and her team launched the corporate action hub “ReSource: Plastic,” and since then, has built out a robust portfolio of efforts and partnerships to help companies take meaningful, ambitious steps towards circularity. Most recently, Erin has been a key member of the WWF delegation advocating for a global plastics treaty, a first-ever international binding agreement on plastic pollution. Before WWF Erin was a packaging engineer at Hewlett Packard for 10 years, responsible for the design and implementation of laser jet printer and media packaging. Erin lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, daughter, and dog. When she’s not working, you can find her on Hull Creek in Virginia, kayaking with her family.