As Co-Director and Head of Office at WEDO, Eleanor manages internal and external relationships and partnerships, including with staff, funders and coalition and project partners. She works closely with program staff in strategic development, implementation and monitoring of WEDO programs and projects. With a particular focus on sustainable development, climate change and urbanization, her work incorporates research, capacity building, and global-level advocacy at multiple UN fora, including the UNFCCC and related to the post-2015 development agenda.
Supporting WEDO’s long-standing role of facilitating space for women’s organizing and action, she represents WEDO as organizing partner of the Women’s Major Group for Sustainable Development. Prior to WEDO, Eleanor worked on climate change projects ranging from green roofs to waste management to adaptation with the Earth Institute, the Clinton Foundation and the World Bank.
She has community development experience in the areas of agriculture and women’s empowerment with organizations in Nicaragua and Nigeria. Her current work is informed by a professional background in bilingual elementary education with a focus on race and gender equity in public schools. Eleanor holds a Master of International Affairs in Urban and Environmental Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelors degree in Environmental Sciences.
This plenary of leading practitioners will build on Day 1 and look forward to the coming years to discuss what needs to happen in order to move us from words to real action for women and men around the world on climate change.
Cities are routinely held up as both the barrier (high emitters) and the solution (level closest to citizens, responsibility for planning settlements and transport systems, creativity, shared spaces, etc) to mitigating climate change. At the same time, cities in coastal and other vulnerable areas will require design and implementation of adaptation and loss and damage […]