Jennifer has worked for over 18 years in sustainable development and biodiversity conservation. Her experience ranges from managing research teams conducting biodiversity assessments in West African jungles to managing teams of international policy wonks at UN meetings. She loves strategy, problem solving, systems thinking, excel spreadsheets and helping groups and teams work most effectively towards common objectives.
Over the course of 13 years she worked in science (leading rapid biodiversity assessments, primarily in West Africa), policy (leading NGO negotiations within international environmental conventions), and in the office of the COO at Conservation International (CI). She has worked with individuals from all sectors: industry, academia, government, NGOs, foundations, multilaterals, the media, from a wide range of developed and developing countries. Additionally, she has spent time living and working or studying in India, the Philippines, Mexico, Guinea and Ghana (as well as in England and New Zealand), in most cases in small, rural villages (or tents in a forest). These experiences have provided her with a perspective which (she believes!) has helped her to better understand the interests, needs, and values of different actors – and, coupled with her technical background, allows her to facilitate and manage effective collaboration. She has been engaged in climate-related research, capacity building, and advocacy since 1999 and has more recently delved into the world of natural capital accounting. Prior to CI she held positions researching, writing, and editing publications focused on sustainability. Jennifer holds a BA in English from Dartmouth College and an MRes with Distinction in Ecology and Environmental Management from York University (UK). You can ask her about toilets in Guinean forests (there are none) or Japan (they are heated) and many places in between.