Experts & Staff

WRI brings together nearly 1,800 staff and experts who are leaders in their fields. Their work spans topics such as food and land use, energy, cities, economics, finance, governance and more. Our staff and researchers work globally and in 12 focus countries to meet people’s essential needs, to protect and restore nature, and to stabilize the climate and build resilient communities.

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34 Featured Experts

Global Executive Team

Global Executive Team

Craig Hanson

Managing Director, Programs

Craig Hanson

Program Experts & Staff

Zablon Adane

Water Program Associate, WRI Africa

Zablon Adane

James Anderson

Senior Program Manager, Cities4Forests

James Anderson.

Beth Bahs-Ahern

Director of Global Operations, FFWO

Francesca Battistelli

Associate III, Water Security & Nature-Based Solutions

Francesca Battistelli

Lisa Beyer

Urban Water Infrastructure Manager

Lisa Beyer.

Jake Billhorn

Financial Analysis Intern, Natural Infrastructure Initiative

Jake Billhorn

Caroline Black

Research Analyst II, Water Program

Krystol Carfaro

Grants and Finance Specialist

Krystol Carfaro.

Marlena Chertock

Communications Manager, Water Program

Marlena Chertock

Natasha Collins

Project Manager, Natural Infrastructure Initiative

Natasha Collins.

Sod-Erdene Davaadorj

Grants and Finance Manager, Cities4Forests and Natural Infrastructure Initiative

Sodoo Davaadorj.

Crystal Davis

Global Director, Food, Land & Water (FLW) Program

Marc Dettmann

Corporate Water Stewardship Manager

Marc Dettman.

Irina Didenko

Grants and Finance Specialist, Cities4Forests

Irina Didenko.

Todd Gartner

Director, Cities4Forests and Natural Infrastructure

Todd Gartner.

Andy Gurgol

Conservation Finance Manager

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Meredith Hess

Associate, Water Program

Meredith Hess

Samantha Kuzma

Aqueduct Data Lead, Water Program

Samantha Kuzma

Fouad Laajine

Urban Water Resilience Finance Intern

Fouad Laajine.

Shivani Lakshman

Research Analyst, Corporate Water Stewardship

Shivani Lakshman.

Lizzie Marsters

Environmental Finance Manager, Natural Infrastructure

Lizzie Marsters.

Suzanne Ozment

Senior Associate, Natural Infrastructure

Liz Saccoccia

Water Security Associate

Liz Saccoccia

Silviya Stanton

Grants and Finance Specialist II

Silviya Stanton.

Taryn Staples

Manager of Global Operations, FFWO

Clara Strack

Urban Development Intern

Clara Strack.

Eliza L. Swedenborg

Manager, Strategy and Performance, Water Program

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Prathna T.C.

Manager, Urban Water Resilience, WRI India Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

Prathna T.C.

Muluneh Tarekegn

Programs and Research Specialist, Water Program, WRI Africa

Muluneh Tarekegn

Gabriela Vidad

Cities4Forests Intern

Gabi Vidad.

Natalie von Turkovich

Intern, Cities4Forests

Natalie von Turkovich

Sara Walker

Director, Corporate Water Engagement

Tinebeb Yohannes

Research Associate, Water Program

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