Experts & Staff

WRI brings together 1,400 experts and other staff in working in seven programs: food, forests, water, energy, cities, climate and the ocean and four centers of excellence for business, economics, finance and governance. Our staff and researchers work globally to produce data-based solutions that generate real change on the ground.

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35 Featured Experts



Craig Hanson

Vice President for Food, Forest, Water & the Ocean


Betsy Otto

Global Director, Water

Program Experts & Staff

Zablon Adane


James Anderson

Associate II, Natural Infrastructure

Nanda Aung

Associate, Corporate Water Stewardship

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Beth Bahs-Ahern

Senior Operations Manager

Samrat Basak

Director, Urban Water, WRI India

Francesca Battistelli

Associate II, Nature-Based Solutions

Lisa Beyer

Urban Water Infrastructure Manager

Caroline Black

Program Coordinator, Water Program

Marlena Chertock

Communications Specialist, Water Program

Se Jong Cho

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Sod-Erdene Davaadorj

Grants & Finance Specialist II, Natural Infrastructure

Helen Ding

Environmental Economist

Todd Gartner

Director, Cities4Forests and Natural Infrastructure

Craig Gilliam

Intern, Water Program

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Maggie Gonzalez

Research Analyst II

Erin Gray

Associate III

Meredith Hess

Grants and Finance Specialist II, Water Program

Charles Iceland

Director, Global and National Water Initiatives

Samantha Kuzma

Associate, Water Program

Tianyi Luo

Acting Director, Aqueduct Project

Lizzie Marsters

Environmental Finance Manager, Natural Infrastructure

Emmie Oliver

Analyst, Natural Infrastructure for Water

Suzanne Ozment

Senior Associate, Natural Infrastructure

John-Rob Pool

Implementation Manager, Cities4Forests, Natural Infrastructure

Leah Schleifer

Research and Engagement Associate

Taryn Staples

Deputy Operations Manager, Food, Forests & Water

Sarah Stettner

Executive Assistant, Food, Forests, Water and Ocean Programs

Colin Strong

Research Associate, Corporate Water Stewardship

Eliza L. Swedenborg

Manager, Strategy and Performance, Water Program

Muluneh Tarekegn

Outreach Specialist, Water Program, WRI Africa

Sara Walker

Senior Manager, Water Quality and Agriculture

Tinebeb Yohannes

Research Analyst, Water Program

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