Lauretta Burke is a Senior Associate at World Resources Institute. Lauretta has led WRI’s coastal ecosystem work since 2001, which focuses on producing high-quality analyses and tools to improve management and foster resilience in coastal ecosystems. This includes both the Reefs at Risk project, which uses GIS spatial analysis to evaluate local and climate-related threats to coral reefs, and the Coastal Capital project, which uses economic valuation to evaluate and communicate the goods and services that coastal ecosystems provide to people. This includes valuing the benefits from improved wastewater treatment in the Caribbean, the shoreline protection services provided by mangroves, and helping cities and coastal areas prepare for future climate.

Lauretta is a part of WRI’s Climate Resilience Practice, leading work on the development of indicators to evaluate vulnerability and resilience to climate change in cities, including the Urban Community Resilience Assessment (UCRA) project. Lauretta is the WRI lead for the public-private Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP), which seeks to improve access to data and information for climate adaptation and resilience planning.

Lauretta previously worked for U.S. EPA’s Global Climate Change Program, performing analysis on the impact of climate change on fisheries, wetlands and biological diversity.

Lauretta holds a Master’s in Geography from University of California at Santa Barbara, a Master’s in Environment and Resource Policy from the George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York.