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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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Mara has spent her career working in federal government, local government, and nonprofit settings on sustainable development, smart growth, and community revitalization issues. She served as Director of Special Projects at Baltimore’s Department of Housing and Community Development where, among other things, she works to enforce city codes regarding illegal dumping and other environmental crimes, advanced material reuse and dust suppression protocols associated with building demolition and deconstruction, and support the City’s cross-agency Growing Green Initiative, aimed at creating and maintaining urban green space. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Psychology from Tufts University, a Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, and a Master Certificate in Environmental Management from the University of Maryland University College. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Seattle and enjoys camping, hiking, and rock climbing.
Why you might reach out to Mara: If you want to learn more about a career in local government, or if you need advice on applying for or navigating through the Presidential Management Fellowship.
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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. 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 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.