Daniela Lerda

Brazil Initiative Coordinator

Climate and Land Use Alliance
Ford Foundation – Rio de Janeiro

Daniela Lerda is the Climate and Land Use Alliance’s Coordinator in Brazil based in the Ford Foundation’s Rio de Janeiro office.

Prior to joining CLUA Daniela led PADMA Environmental Consulting, a firm that she founded to work at the intersection of business and biodiversity conservation. She has extensive relationships supporting corporate, government, NGO and foundation clients in areas ranging from supply chain management, certification, finance, mining and energy, agriculture and infrastructure.

Daniela also spent three years at Funbio where, among other responsibilities, she facilitated a network of 22 conservation trust funds on behalf of RedLAC, the Latin American Network of Environmental Trust Funds. Prior to that she was Grant Director for the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, serving as the South America Program Officer responsible for oversight of grants to more than 300 civil society organizations.  She also served as Director of Conservation Outreach and Community Training at Conservation International and previously as Director of Global Communications, and earlier in her career, with the Inter-American Development Bank.

Daniela has a Bsc. in Human Sciences and Psychology from Royal Holloway University of London and a Masters in International Education and Ecology from the George Washington University.

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