Senior Biodiversity Specialist
Hannah joined the GEF in November 2017 after more than thirteen years with the US Agency for International Development's Forestry and Biodiversity Office. Most recently she was a member of the senior management team and functioned as a deputy office director. Hannah co-chaired the development and launch of USAID's first-ever Biodiversity policy that shapes the investment of $265 million annually and led the Agency's biodiversity mainstreaming portfolio. Hannah worked on engaging the private sector in creative approaches to fight wildlife and fisheries crime resulting in two public-private partnerships and significant leveraged resources. During her time with USAID she managed a diverse grant portfolio and provided technical assistance to USAID's biodiversity conservation field programs throughout South East Asia and Latin America. Prior to joining USAID Hannah worked for several international and domestic conservation non-profits including Conservation International as a Luce environmental fellow with the People and Protected Areas division, Iwokrama International Centre for Conservation and Development in the Rupununi of Guyana, the Vermont Forum on Sprawl and the Champlain Valley Greenbelt Alliance in Vermont where Hannah is from originally. From 1999 to 2001 Hannah served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in the southern Philippines in the integrated protected areas program. Hannah has a Masters degree from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Bachelor of Science from University of Oregon.