Yelena is Communications Manager for the Climate Program, where she shapes the editorial strategy for the New Climate Economy project, housed at WRI.

Previously, she led WRI’s communications for the Science Based Targets initiative, where she focused on developing and implementing strategic communications to drive the initiative’s growth across priority sectors and geographies. Yelena has previously supported marketing and communications in the international development field, focusing on conflict and human rights in the Eurasia region. Prior to that, she worked as a writer and editor for a variety of publications.

She holds a B.A. in international relations, with emphases in political science and literature, from the University of California, San Diego and a M.A. in Global Communication from George Washington University.