Vera V. Zlatarski
General Counsel and Secretary
Vera served as General Counsel from 2004 to 2012, and as Secretary from 2009 to 2012, of the Rainforest Alliance, an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. In her position, she was responsible for the legal affairs of the organization and its branches and affiliates across the globe; provided legal counsel to the board, senior management, and other staff on a broad range of corporate, regulatory and compliance matters; and served as corporate secretary of the parent organization.
Before that, she was an associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton from 1998 to 2004, where her work included representing sovereigns, museums and other nonprofits, underwriters, and Latin American public and private companies. She also served on the New York City Bar Association's Art Law Committee from 2003 to 2006 and on the Nonprofit Organizations Committee from 2007 to 2010.
Vera graduated magna cum laude with distinction in History of Art from Yale and received a law degree from Columbia. While studying at Columbia, she was an editor of the Columbia-VLA Journal of Law and the Arts and was awarded the Andrew D. Fried Memorial Prize for an article on intellectual property and related law.