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Elizabeth Tully, Climate Adaptation Fund Associate Director

Liz is the Climate Adaptation Fund Associate Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society. Her role includes monitoring progress of funded projects, serving as the main point of contact for the program, proposal review and scoring, and grants administration. Liz brings ten years of experience in the conservation field. Liz previously served as a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer at the United Nations Foundation (UNF) where she managed her team’s M&E framework, tying actions to program strategy and tracking progress towards impact goals. Prior to joining UNF, Liz worked at Rare tracking and monitoring the progress and quality of all of Rare’s world-wide conservation projects through centralized reporting tools, globally standardizing quality measures and indicators of impact and conducting periodic site evaluations. Liz also worked at the World Resources Institute (WRI) evaluating conservation project proposals seeking funding from USDA-NRCS using a scoring system assessing the quality of measurable targets. Liz has conducted field research with the Center for Tropical Agriculture Research (CATIE) studying the impact of payment for ecosystem services (PES) programs on local dairy farms and ecosystems in Costa Rica, and with Cornell University where she lived with the indigenous Kayapo community of Gorotire researching their sustainable management of non-timber forest products on protected land.

Liz earned a Master’s degree in International Affairs from American University and a Master’s degree in Natural Resources Management and Sustainable Development from the United Nations University for Peace & Conflict Studies. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  Liz resides in Takoma Park, Maryland with her baby daughter Miriam and husband Adam.

 
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Katie Jung, Climate Adaptation Fund Program Manager

Katie is the Climate Adaptation Fund’s Program Manager and assists with grants administration, monitoring, and strategic communication efforts. The grants administration and monitoring components include tracking submission of progress reports from grant partners and tracking project progress against committed deliverables. The strategic communications component includes applying targeted communications actions to engage key stakeholders and audiences for the national program to achieve its program level goals and leverage the on-the-ground impact of its projects.

Prior to her role at WCS, Katie worked for The Cadmus Group, where she monitored the progress of over 60 active green building projects, tracked the development of success stories, and analyzed key performance indicators for program performance and design. She assisted with the development and maintenance of a web-based tool for her project teams to document federal building compliance with LEED and the Council of Environmental Quality’s Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings. During this time, she achieved her LEED AP O+M credential. 

Katie has served in a number of communications-related roles, namely stakeholder outreach for the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Public Engagement and digital marketing for Busboys and Poets and National Association of Home Builders' Green Building and Sustainability Department. In addition to written communications, she has performed graphic design work, creating promotional materials and informational reports such as NAHB’s “Green Infrastructure Requirements and Incentives: A Survey of 50 Municipalities across the U.S.” Katie has also developed marketing strategies, marketing metrics and executed target audience-driven communications tactics in her past communications roles.

Katie has a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Notre Dame and an M.S. in Environmental Science from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). At ESF, Katie focused on biophysical and ecological economics and ecosystems-based approaches to management.

 
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Molly Cross, Director of Climate Change Adaptation for the Americas Program

Molly Cross, Ph.D., is the Director of Climate Change Adaptation for the Americas Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society. Her work focuses on bringing together science experts and conservation practitioners to translate broad-brush climate change adaptation strategies into on-the-ground conservation actions. Molly is helping to lead climate change planning efforts involving diverse stakeholders at several landscapes across North and South America, focused on a range of targets from individual species to more complex ecosystems. She co-edited the book Climate and Conservation: Landscape and Seascape Science, Planning and Action, and co-wrote a guidebook and associated training course on Scenario Planning as a tool for climate change adaptation. Molly has contributed to several national climate change efforts including the U.S. National Climate Assessment, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies guidance on incorporating climate change into state wildlife action plans, and the Climate-Smart Conservation guide to climate adaptation. She is the Science Advisor to the WCS Climate Adaptation Fund, which supports applied projects demonstrating effective interventions for wildlife adaptation to climate change. Molly got her Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied ecosystem responses to climate warming and plant diversity loss in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

 
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Lauren Oakes, Conservation Scientist and Adaptation Specialist

Lauren is a Conservation Scientist with the Americas Climate Change Adaptation Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society. She is an ecologist, human-natural systems scientist, and science writer. Her works focuses understanding the ecological impacts of climate change and how people respond to environmental changes in effort to inform adaptation strategies. Lauren is helping to build climate change adaptation planning efforts across the Americas with WCS and develop projects that offer benefits to wildlife conservation and people. Lauren has worked extensively in remote forest ecosystems from Alaska to Chile, and joins WCS with previous experience in non-profit conservation. In 2015, Lauren received her PhD from the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University, where she now holds an appointment as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Earth System Science.

For the past couple years, Lauren was a Research Associate and Lecturer at Stanford, teaching courses in science communication and sustainability. She has developed and taught interdisciplinary field courses in the Grand Canyon and Southeast Alaska, and led workshops on non-fiction science writing. In addition to publishing her academic research in peer-reviewed journals, Lauren has contributed to The New York Times. Her work has been covered by media such as The Atlantic, Scientific American, Outside, and The Christian Science Monitor. She is the author of a forthcoming book, In Search of The Canary Tree (Basic Books, Hachette Book Group, Inc. 2018), which draws from her years of research on the effects of climate change in Alaska’s coastal temperate forests and communities. It is a surprisingly hopeful story of her search for resiliency in a warming world. For more information, see www.leoakes.com.

Photo Credit: Clayton Boyd