Jennifer Kane

Biodiversity & Natural Resources Specialist
US Agency for International Development

Jennifer Kane is a Biodiversity & Natural Resources Specialist in USAID’s Office of Forestry and Biodiversity where she helps lead Agency efforts to integrate biodiversity considerations throughout USAID’s development programming, through new approaches, evidence and stakeholder engagement. She has over a decade of experience in natural resources management and climate change, and particular expertise in making technical information actionable. 

She was previously a Climate Change Program Specialist in USAID’s Office of Global Climate Change where she led climate change capacity building at USAID, with particular focus on climate risk management of development programming across sectors. Prior to that, she served as a partnership coordinator and Presidential Management Fellow at the USDA Forest Service on the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, consulted for the Pew Charitable Trusts Global Conservation Initiative and ran her own science illustration business. She has also worked as a biologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and has researched and advised the design of a reusable bag behavior change campaign in Panama. 

Jenny holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology and a Master of Public Policy in Environmental Policy from the University of Maryland College Park, a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California Santa Cruz and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Visual Art from Brown University.

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