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Rowan is the Senior Manager for Sustainable Development Policy at Conservation International, guiding institutional engagement on international biodiversity policy and the post-2015 development agenda. Prior to joining CI, Rowan worked with the Peace Corps and Missouri Botanical Gardens in northern Madagascar on rural community development projects, including fair trade vanilla, fisheries management, well building, and community literacy. She also worked in Senegal with Tostan International, focusing on informal community education, and in the U.S. on community agriculture. Rowan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from Middlebury College and her Master of Arts in Public Management with a concentration in environmental policy from Johns Hopkins University.
Why you might want to reach out to Rowan: If you are interested in United Nations acronyms, participate in fieldwork beyond the reach of electricity, or just really enjoy thinking about agriculture and ecosystems. Rowan can help you puzzle through United Nations bureaucracy, consider international fieldwork options, or discuss career paths in the nonprofit field.
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Jessie is a recent graduate of Indiana University. She received a Masters of Public Affairs and Masters of Science in Environmental Science, and is now a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation. While earning her degrees, she served as the President of IU’s Environmental Management and Sustainable Development Association, emphasizing women’s professional development in a variety of environmental fields. Throughout her educational career, she developed experience by creating and furthering indoor air quality programs in schools with the EPA in Chicago and in Tribal government housing and facilities with the Chickaloon Village Traditional Council in Sutton, Alaska. Her interest in environmental issues stems from passions for environmental justice, childrens’ health, and the desire to make a difference. Jessie has a dachshund-mix named Tina who has been a really good sport about following her across the country.
Emily joined the Board of Directors in March of 2018 after attending multiple EcoWomen events and being inspired by the women in the environmental community. She is a born and raised Texan who has been passionate about environmental issues, and climate change in particular, from a very young age. After a lot of blood, sweat and tears, she received two Masters Degrees in Environmental Science and Public Affairs from Indiana University. She has finally made her way to DC and is currently contracting for the US State Department working closely with the climate team on budgeting and project management. She previously contracted for EPA in the Office of Research and Development working with EPA’s Innovation Team. Emily has spent a long time in the policy debate community, debating throughout high school and college and serving as the graduate assistant to Indiana University’s debate program while in grad school. She is obsessed with dogs, coffee, books, and exploring DC.
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KC is the Project Coordinator for NatureVest, the conservation investing unit at the Nature Conservancy. She assists NatureVest’s Deal Development and Investment Partnerships teams, with a personal focus on sustainable growth in developing countries.
Prior to TNC, she lived in DC, pursuing a Master’s in International Development Policy at Georgetown. It was there that she attended her first EcoWomen event, which was led by women from TNC- small world! KC joined the EcoWomen board in 2018 and supports the New York City chapter, where she now lives. On weekends you can find her scouting out the next hit Broadway show, checking out museums or attempting to improve her rock climbing.
Why you might want to reach out to KC: You’re interested in sustainable development, development policy or impact investing. She is working on the next 3-year plan for EcoWomen and would be happy to talk about research and strategic thinking. If you’re thinking about grad school or want to chat with someone with atypical conservation experience, feel free to send her an email.
Dana Cappelloni resides in Sonoma County, CA where she is the Director of Sustainability and Grower Education for the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission. Her role is to support the organization’s commitment to 100% certified sustainable, making Sonoma County the first 100% sustainable wine region in the world.
A Bay Area native, Dana has over a decade of experience working in the environmental industry. In her professional career she has focused on sustainable agriculture, energy efficiency, climate adaptation, sustainable business strategy, and designing and implementing Triple Bottom Line initiatives. Dana holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School, and a BA from The Colorado College. When Dana is not working, you can find her on her bike or in the mountains.