John A. Lanier

Advocating for the environment is part of John A. Lanier’s DNA. As the executive director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, he continues the legacy of his grandfather, the late corporate environmental pioneer Ray C. Anderson through Foundation programs that seek to create a brighter, more sustainable world. Through this work, John is spearheading Drawdown Georgia, a movement designed to scale the most effective climate solutions for the state of Georgia.

He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Southface Institute, a nonprofit working to advance green building and a regenerative economy. He is author of “Mid-Course Correction Revisited,” an updated edition of his grandfather’s first book.

John earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law and holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in history and economics from the University of Virginia. He is an Atlanta native and lives in the Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta with his wife, Chantel, and young children, J.R. and Cecilia.