Biodiversity Specialist, Agriculture and Environment Services, Sustainable Development Network, The World Bank
Valerie joined the World Bank as a technical specialist in East Asia and the Pacific, working on rural development projects in Cambodia, China and Lao, and on environmental safeguards, including on the Nam Theun II hydropower operation in Lao PDR. Valerie has since worked across the Bank’s regions providing design and implementation support to a variety of operations, including in fragile states, where she led the Bank’s environment portfolio in Haiti following the earthquake in 2010. After joining the World Bank's global team, Valerie became chair of the biodiversity and wildlife crime communities of practice and convened the Bank’s deep technical expertise in pursuit of providing policy advice and implementation support to improve the role of natural resource management in poverty alleviation and green growth.
Now, as Manager for Environment in the Agriculture and Environmental Services Unit, Valerie manages a cross-sectoral team that covers oceans, sustainable landscapes, climate smart agriculture and environmental economics. Valerie also represents the World Bank in international conventions and fora on issues related to environment, natural resources management, agriculture and sustainable landscapes.
Before joining the World Bank, Valerie worked for World Wildlife Fund, Wildlife Conservation Society and the US National Park Service where she managed invasive species programs in Lake Mead, the reservoir to the Hoover Dam.
Valerie holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University.