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Cíntia Andrade

Financial Manager, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cíntia joined CSF in November 2015. She has 14 years of experience in financial management, 7 of which were specifically with finance, accounting and governance for NGOs. She is a graduate in Business Administration and has her MBA in Finance from IBMEC-RJ.

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Rhona Barr

Economist, Sebastopol, CA

Rhona began working as an economist with CSF in 2012. Her work focuses primarily on the development of CSF’s Oceans Initiative: CSF’s most recent program which focuses on building the economic literacy of marine resource managers and decision-makers to promote the recovery of fish stocks and the protection of ocean and coastal areas. Prior to joining CSF Rhona was awarded a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her research examined the feasibility of the payments for environmental services mechanism to improve environmental stewardship within artisanal fisheries characterized by high levels of poverty and inequality. Rhona has also worked with the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank, James Cook University and the Zoological Society of London. Analyses have included work on the economic valuation of ecosystems, green commodities, resource allocation frameworks, sustainable tourism and climate change vulnerability and adaptation investments. She also holds an MSc in Environmental Economics and Policy from Imperial College London and a BSc in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh.

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Claudia Durán

Administrative Accountant, La Paz, Bolivia

Claudia began working with CSF in November 2011 as Administrative Accountant and is responsible for accounting, payments, budgets and the elaboration of financial reports. She has 15 years of experience with accounting, and 3 years of managing environmental projects. She is an Accountant of the INCOS institute and is currently studying English.

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Annie Escobedo

Analyst, Lima, Peru

Annie Escobedo is a Peruvian biologist that holds an MSc in Management and Conservation of Tropical Forest and Biodiversity from the CATIE- Costa Rica. Prior to joining the CSF team, Annie worked for more than ten years with native communities in the Amazon and in National Protected Areas in Peru. She has worked with fisheries and wildlife management plans, master plans for protected areas, environmental education activities, human-wildlife conflicts resolution and landscape scale analysis. In order to improve her professional skills, Annie has participated in economic tools training courses offered by CSF and LACEEP. She joined the CSF in 2015 as a consultant and has contributed to study cases in biodiversity offsets and other projects.

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Sophia Espinoza

Analyst, La Paz, Bolivia

Sophia joined CSF in 2010 and after leaving to complete her Master's degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Economics at the University of Concepción in Chile, has joined us again in 2013. She will be working primarily on drafting business plans in the area north of La Paz, Bolivia. She received her undergraduate degree in Economics at the Universidad Mayor de San Simon in Cochabamba, Bolivia. While developing her undergraduate thesis, she was introduced to CSF as a participant in the Economic Tools for Conservation and Natural Resource Management training course in Bolivia. Between 2008 and 2009, she collaborated in several studies with CSF in Bolivia as part of the Economic Research for the Andean Amazon Program.

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Niki Gribi

Training & Communications Manager, Arcata, CA

Niki joined Conservation Strategy Fund in 2014 as a Training Associate, and is working closely with Kim at our Arcata office. Niki lived in Japan for three years during high school, traveled widely in Asia, and participated in Habitat for Humanity building projects in the Philippines. Exposure to extreme poverty sparked her interest in economics and sustainable development, which she pursued at UC Santa Cruz, where she earned her B.A. in Economics and M.S. in Applied Economics and Finance. She then spent three years as a naturalist, farmer, and educator at Hidden Villa Farm and Wilderness Preserve in Los Altos Hills, CA. In 2008, she followed her heart to Humboldt County where she worked for a variety of local non-profits before coming to CSF.

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Kathy Hunter

Staff Accountant, Arcata, CA

Kathy joined CSF in 2011 as Staff Accountant. Kathy brings 25 years of experience in integrated accounting, human resources and financial reporting. Kathy is responsible for maintaining the accounts from CSF’s offices and global staff, assisting with administration of grants and contracts, and for preparation of managerial and funding reports.

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Marion Le Failler

Administrative and Program Assistant, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marion joined CSF in October 2014 as a Project Assistant and works in the technical, fundraising, communication, course organization and administrative areas of the organization. She has previous experience in the areas of project, commercial, human resources and organization of events for private companies and NGOs in Brazil, France or Mexico. She holds a Masters and Bachelors degree of Business Administration from Sup de Co Montpellier Business School in France. She also has degrees from Yunnan University of Finance and Economics in China and Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico where she completed an exchange program. She speaks English, Portuguese, French and Spanish fluently.

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Carla Mendizabal

Intern, La Paz, Bolivia

Carla joined CSF in January 2017 as an intern in the Bolivian office. She studied economics at the Universidad Católica in La Paz, Bolivia. Before arriving at CSF, she did volunteer work at a local orphanage and at Fundación TECHO as part of the International Cooperation team. Carla speaks French in addition to English and Spanish. She would like to continue to learn more languages and pursue a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics.

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Desta Pratama

Program Coordinator, Jakarta, Indonesia

Desta joined CSF in 2016 as the Program Coordinator for our office in Indonesia. Prior to working with CSF, Desta worked with the University of Indonesia, Conservation International, the World Bank, and CIFOR. His main area of interest is how economics relates to marine and forest ecosystems and climate change. Desta has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Indonesia, and a master’s degree in Environmental and Resource Economics from the Australian National University. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, reading, diving and cycling.

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Carolina Quevedo

Intern, La Paz, Bolivia

Carolina joined CSF in early 2017 after completing her undergraduate degree in economics at the Private University of Bolivia. She assists with the research and evaluations of CSF projects. She is currently pursuing her master´s degree in Project Management in Development at the University San Simon Bolivar. After completing her master’s degree, she plans to pursue another master´s degree in Environmental Economics.

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Lauren Richards

Program and Development Associate, Washington, DC

Lauren joined CSF in 2016 as the Program and Development Associate focusing on donor relations, fundraising coordination and project management. Her background is in integrated approaches to sustainable development primarily working on health, education and community development initiatives. Previously, she worked in East Africa as a Social Sector Specialist with Columbia Global Centers Nairobi and also served with the US Peace Corps in South Africa. Most recently she worked with a children's advocacy center and Orlando Health in Central Florida as a grants and development manager. She holds a Master's in Development Practice from Columbia University and a Bachelor's in International Studies and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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José Carlos Rubio Ayllón

Analyst, Lima, Peru

Jose Carlos joined CSF in early 2014 as an Analyst. Prior to CSF, Jose Carlos worked as an economist at the Agrarian University of La Molina. He has six years of experience working with issues related to environmental management in mining and infrastructure projects, economic valuation of environmental impacts and cost benefit analysis. José Carlos has a degree in Agricultural Business Management as well as academic training in environmental economics and payments for ecosystem services.

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Carlos Solis

Consulting Analyst, La Paz, Bolivia

Carlos first got to know CSF in 2010, through the Research Fellows Program. Since then, he’s been collaborating on multiple projects throughout the Andean Amazon. In 2016, he rejoined the staff after having completed his Master in Food and Resources Economics at the University of Florida. In addition to his CSF work, Carlos has worked in projects related to environmental economics and sustainable development for eight years with several organizations: USAID, Solimar International, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the University of Florida among others. When not working, he enjoys playing guitar, reading, cooking, doing exercise, exploring natural landscapes and randomness.
 

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Thaís Vilela

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Berkeley, California

Thaís is an applied economist with a focus on energy and the environment. Born in Brazil, she joined CSF in September 2015 after receiving her PhD in Economics from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. Her doctoral research targeted markets for automobiles and fuels in Brazil, focusing on the economic consequences of innovation, regulation, and increased use of renewable resources. She was a visiting doctoral student at the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, in 2014. Before her doctoral studies, Thaís worked at Engenho and at Grupo de Economia da Energia, both in Rio de Janeiro. In these positions, she worked on topics such as optimal electricity generation portfolios, energy integration in South America, and behavioral response to changes in the prices of gasoline and ethanol in Brazil.