Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Heather Wright is an Environment Program Officer at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation where she manages a conservation portfolio oriented toward mainstreaming ecosystem services in natural resource decision-making. A significant piece of her work is focused on forest conservation that aims to mitigate climate change impacts by addressing the drivers of deforestation and degradation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Heather was a Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) Manager at Conservation International where she led global biological assessments in critical ecosystems and developed conservation recommendations based on the results. As Program Manager at Friends of the Osa, Heather helped strengthen the new organization’s focus on applied conservation and research In Costa Rica. Through her work at Moore she continues to cultivate her interest in the links between ecosystem services, landscape ecology and environmental policy. She serves as a Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Alumni Board Member and was recently a member of the Board of Directors for the Women’s Environmental Network in San Francisco. Heather received her B.S. in Biology and Minor in Scandinavian Literature from UCLA and her Master’s degree in Science from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.