Our Staff

Carol Kauffman

Executive Director


As Executive Director for the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC), Carol Kauffman is responsible for providing vision and strategic direction for both organizations. She leads by investing in community and coalition, motivating others, and inspiring both internal and external stakeholders to support the OEC’s mission of securing healthy air, land, water, and democracy for all Ohioans.

Kauffman brings more than two decades of nonprofit and corporate experience advocating for environmental, community, and social justice issues as well as directing sustainability programs and strategies. From 2013 to 2017, Kauffman worked in the nonprofit sector in Cambodia where she designed development projects, helped businesses develop more responsible practices, and responded to natural disasters in the region. Since 2017, Kauffman led environmental and social responsibility efforts within the corporate sector at The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, and most recently, at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Within these positions, she devised sustainability strategies, led philanthropic efforts, and engaged with a diverse array of stakeholders — including a nationwide network of environmental partners. 

Kauffman earned her B.A. in English from Taylor University (1999) and Masters of International Development from Eastern University (2012).

She is a member of  the board of directors for the Alliance for Water Efficiency and as a member of the board of commissioners for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

Kauffman serves as President of the OEC’s 501(c)(4) sibling organization, the OEC Action Fund.