Francesca is an Associate II in WRI's Water Program. She supports program management and research for WRI’s Water work in Ethiopia and Africa more broadly, bridging efforts between the Water Security and Natural Infrastructure teams. Her work centers on improving decision-making around water risk and promoting nature-based solutions — such as watershed restoration and sustainable land management practices — to secure long-term water supplies and livelihood opportunities. Francesca has worked at the intersection of environment, development and climate change for a number of years, driven by the importance of protecting and maintaining ecosystem services.

Before joining WRI, she spent three and a half years with the African Development Bank (AfDB), based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, where she helped mobilize financing from major climate funds to better promote sustainable natural resource management, environmental protection, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Previously, her experiences include working with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Francesca earned a MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a BA in International Studies from the University of Washington (UW).

She enjoys spending time in her two "home" countries of Italy and the US, in addition to discovering new places!