Loretta is the Project Coordinator for WRI’s Forest Legality Alliance, which aims to reduce illegal logging by helping to improve supply chain capacity to source legal wood. She is also a Research Assistant for the Measurement and Performance Tracking (MAPT) project, focusing on forest carbon monitoring capacity in developing countries.
Prior to joining WRI, Loretta worked on a project with the Coalition for Rainforest Nations, developing guidelines for the measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) of REDD+ environmental and social safeguards. She also completed a fellowship with the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, looking at the methods used to develop the value of a statistical life and its use in environmental cost-benefit analyses. She also interned for the Endangered Species Division of NOAA’s Office of Protected Resources, and traveled to San Pedro, Belize to host a coral reef conservation summer program for Belizean youth.
Loretta graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Public Administration in environmental science and policy and from Smith College with a Bachelor degree in government.