As the founder of Aligning Visions, I am excited about working with you on the conservation opportunities and challenges facing your organization and region. I have been extremely fortunate to have spent my career working with committed leaders and organizations who are advancing solutions to local and global environmental problems. Aligning Visions reflects my passion for building the capacity of organizations to more sustainably protect our environment. My services, as outlined in my résumé, are built around participatory and practical tools that I share and consistently update with client insights. Designing team interactions around strategic directions rooted in good conservation science is challenging, high leverage, fun, and critically important!
I am a global citizen and enjoy cross-cultural work. I was raised in Europe before becoming a U.S. citizen. I have traveled extensively, dividing my career primarily between the United States and Latin America. My experience in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe, enables me to facilitate in English, Spanish or Portuguese - and sometimes all three! I am also increasingly working in the Pacific and Africa, using English for multinational meetings. I am adept at using graphic facilitation and graphic templates to engage participants when there are multiple mother tongues in the room!
My work experience, colleagues and travels continue to provide my greatest lessons and education. However, I am also grateful to my formal schooling opportunities, including an executive program at Stanford, a Master’s in Agriculture from California Polytechnic, and an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Finally, parenting has been a wonderful education, a great joy, and a further inspiration to pass a healthy planet on to the next generation.
I am committed to partnering with clients to strengthen their capacity to be effective leaders in their countries while achieving measurable conservation results. My conservation planning expertise is used daily with partners to facilitate planning or participatory program assessments around conservation science concepts, business plans for new project areas, threat abatement and sustainable livelihood strategies. My organizational development background is equally useful, focused on appreciative assessments, strategic planning, board development, partnering, and program management. Please see my résumé for more career details.
I live with my family in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains of California and travel as needed.
Working with fellows from the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program