Irina Didenko is a Grants and Finance Specialist with the Cities4Forests initiative. She supports the team by assisting with the management of budgets, contracts, and sub-contracts for the Cities4Forests’ growing portfolio of grants and partnerships.

Prior to joining WRI, Irina worked at the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business providing staff with administrative support helping advance research and career opportunities in sustainability for students. As part of her summer internships, she was involved in several consulting projects helping non-profit organizations in the urban farming and climate resiliency fields. She also has two publications on the subject of economic development and climate change in the Pacific small island developing states.

Irina holds a B.A. in Economics with minors in Business and Web Programming from New York University.