Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group Director
Rebecca manages ABCG’s efforts to identify, analyze, and develop responses to emerging and high priority issues affecting biodiversity conservation, and encourages members to contribute the strengths that each brings to the collaborative effort of improving conservation practice in sub-Saharan Africa.
Rebecca has over 10 years of experience in integrated landscape conservation with technical expertise in climate adaptation and resilience approaches, appropriate agricultural technologies, agro-enterprise development, agroforestry systems management, and food security strategies. She previously led program strategy and partnership development in Senegal, Mali, and Cameroon as West Africa Regional Director at Trees for the Future. As Technical Advisor for the US Forest Service’s Program for Environmental Governance for Capacity Building and Biodiversity Conservation in Guinea, she mobilized local government and communities to implement a forest co-management model. She has prior experience at Rainforest Alliance advancing the sustainable management of community farm and forest operations by securing government and multilateral grants. Rebecca earned a M.A. in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, CA through the Peace Corps Master’s International Program. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali where she trained farmers in agroforestry extension techniques. She holds bachelors’ degrees in Biology and French from the California State University, Chico. She speaks fluent French and conversational Bambara.