Personal Biography


Brian J. Kernohan


Brian J. Kernohan


Head of Sustainability, Private Markets

Brian is responsible for the sustainability responsible investing program and public policy engagement at Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG), a Manulife Investment Management company. In this role, Brian directs HNRG’s global sustainability program, develops policies and environmental compliance mechanisms, and is responsible for government relations concerning business and environmental strategies. Brian also oversees environmental stewardship support for forestry and farming operations in North America while supporting ecosystem services revenue development and conservation transactions. Previously he was Director of Policy and Environmental Advocacy for HNRG. Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Brian was the Director of Policy at Forest Capital Partners where he was responsible for a variety of programs including forest certification, forest policy, government affairs, public relations, conservation transactions, and ecology support. Brian is a director of PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) International and member of the Board of Governors of the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI). Brian holds a BS in Wildlife Ecology from Michigan State University and an MS in Wildlife Management from South Dakota State University. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, a designation accredited by The Wildlife Society.