Global Initiative Lead
Natural Resources and Climate Change
Penny Davies is the Ford Foundation’s Program Officer working internationally on forest and land use responses to climate change that benefit local and indigenous communities. She works out of Ford Foundation’s New York office.
Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, Penny served as the senior forestry advisor for the Department for International Development (DFID) in the British government, where she led DFID’s global policy and program work on forests, with a focus on their contribution to poor peoples’ livelihoods and climate protection. Prior to that, Penny held positions as DFID team leader for extreme poverty, economic growth and climate change in Bangladesh; head of DFID’s regional office in Central America; DFID’s forestry coordinator for Indonesia; regional agroforestry consultant for a European Union agricultural frontier program in Central America; and rural economist at the Bolivian Centro de Investigación Agrícola Tropical (CIAT).
Penny holds masters of sciences degrees in Forests in Relation to Land Use and Agricultural Economics from the Universities of Oxford and London, respectively, and earned her undergraduate degree in English literature from the University of Bristol.