Justin Winters

Executive Director

Justin Winters is the Executive Director of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. Over the past decade Justin has helped Leonardo reshape his approach to philanthropy and activism, leveraging his position as a global figure to influence decision-makers and the public on the most pressing environmental issues. The Foundation is dedicated to ensuring the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants by building climate resiliency, protecting vulnerable wildlife and restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. Using innovative funding, implementation and communications strategies, Justin has successfully built LDF’s global grantmaking program, awarding over $80 million to over 200 high-impact projects in 50 countries around the world since 2010.  As part of her vision to accelerate both grassroots environmental efforts and more impactful conservation approaches she has created new philanthropic models such as the Elephant Crisis Fund, Shark Conservation Fund, Lion Recovery Fund, and the Leuser Ecosystem Action Fund.  Justin currently serves on the board of Amazon Frontlines, The Solutions Project, Oceans 5, Shark Conservation Fund, and Global Fishing Watch. 

Through collaborative partnerships, we support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. Our work is divided into six main program areas – Wildlands Conservation, Oceans Conservation, Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, Transforming California, and Innovative Solutions.

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