Melissa S. Dann

Former Executive Director Wallace Global Fund

Melissa Shackleton Dann has more than 20 years experience in international environmental policy and program strategy. She currently serves as a consultant to foundations, NGOs and the private sector, delivering a range of services from improving organizational effectiveness and revenue streams, to devising program strategies that can help achieve transformative and effective change. For more than 12 years, she was in private philanthropy with the Wallace Global Fund, serving as executive director for three years. She developed all aspects of the Fund’s environmental portfolio, including early engagement on climate change, commodity certification, and reform of international financial and trade institutions. She spearheaded the Fund’s first program-related investment, raising the profile of using capital markets to drive environmental and social change, and subsequently managed an extensive transition of the Fund’s investment strategies. Dann began her environmental career at the World Wildlife Fund and later directed programs for the U.S.-Asia Environmental Partnership, a Presidential initiative. She is a recognized leader in the environmental community, currently chairing the board of Fauna and Flora International (U.S. office) and as a director on RARE’s board. She serves on a number of advisory councils including the World Wildlife Fund-U.S. National Council, Island Press, Calvert Foundation Green Initiative Advisory Council, and the Global Fairness Initiative. Dann is a fellow with the Royal Geographic Society. She holds a master’s in political economy from Columbia University, where she was an international fellow.

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