Climate and Land Use Alliance
Global and Mexico and Central America Initiatives
Andrea has worked for 20 years on the technical, social and political aspects of conserving tropical ecosystems, cleaning up supply chains, and defending the rights of forest communities.
Her early experience included managing orangutan research and community conservation efforts at Gunung Palung National Park in West Kalimantan, Indonesia; studying transnational civil society advocacy around extractive projects in Peru, and researching on-farm reforestation strategies in the Panama Canal zone with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s PRORENA initiative. Between 2006 and 2012, Andrea led the growth of the Environmental Investigation Agency’s Forest Campaign, achieving passage of the 2008 Amendments to the US Lacey Act, conducting investigations of illegal timber trade, corruption and violence against community activists, and advocating for change in national and global climate change policies.
Based in Costa Rica since 2012, Andrea worked at CATIE, one of Central America’s pre-eminent institutions for research and training, where she led monitoring and evaluation for Project Finnfor II to support value chain development for community forestry enterprises and plantation smallholders in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala. As a consultant she has overseen private sector forestry operations and supported strategic planning for non-profits and foundations. She is currently restoring 12 hectares of cattle pasture on the Osa Peninsula to native forest and agroforestry systems.
Andrea received a B.A. from Harvard University and a Master’s in Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.