Ernesta Ballard was elected senior vice president, Corporate Affairs, in October 2004. In this role she leads Public Affairs, the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation; and Environment, Health and Safety.
From 2002 to 2004 she served in the cabinet of the governor of the state of Alaska as commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation. Prior to joining the governorís cabinet, she had a consulting practice specializing in regulatory strategy with an emphasis on management systems for protection of the environment, health and safety.
In 1997 Ballard was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the board of governors of the U.S. Postal Service, where she chaired the Audit Committee. From 1983 to 1986 she was the administrator of Region 10 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Ballard holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Pennsylvania (1967), attended Oxford University on a Thouron Scholarship and received an MBA from Harvard University (1970).
Ballard served for many years on the board of the University of Washington Medical Center. She is a past board member and officer of the Alaska Forest Association and a founding member of the Ketchikan Humane Society. She served on the board of the Ketchikan General Hospital. She was a founding member and currently serves as chair of LifeCenter Northwest, the organ donation organization for Washington, Montana and Alaska.