The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

CEA has worked for over a decade with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s Conservation and Science Program. CEA works with program officers to develop and refresh strategies, regularly conducts discrete research and analyses to help inform programs, and develops and runs monitoring and evaluation programs. Some of CEA’s services have included:

Strategic analyses: CEA has conducted a score of strategic analyses to help inform Packard’s programs. These have included, for example, global reviews of climate and energy interventions, fisheries reform, global threats to the environment from agriculture, the global mitigation potential from agriculture, dietary choice in China, best practices for fisheries improvement projects, reviews of certification and eco-labeling, assessing market based interventions to reduce land use change in Brazil and Indonesia, potential approaches to helping biofuels markets develop in a sustainable way, and other studies.

Monitoring and evaluation: CEA developed and ran Packard’s Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) program for its Western Lands conservation program for three years, and has subsequently become the MEL partner for both the Fisheries and Western Pacific programs.

Program support:

  • Fisheries: CEA has routinely supported the Fisheries program for over a decade, helping to draft several of the guiding strategies, conducting a range of research and strategic support services, and facilitating collaboration with other funders.
  • Climate: CEA is supporting the launch of the Climate Strategies Accelerator, a new initiative aimed at finding and empowering breakthrough leaders with promising climate mitigation strategies.
  • Western Pacific: CEA worked closely with Packard’s new Western Pacific Fisheries program officer to develop a new strategy and subsequently to maintain a regional network of donors.
  • Land use: CEA worked closely with Packard’s Conservation Program Director to help manage key elements of the foundation’s Climate and Land Use program during a year when the program was in transition and didn’t have a program officer. In this capacity, CEA also served as a partner to Packard’s program-related-investments (PRI) team to evaluate potential PRI investments aligned with Packard’s Climate and Land Use program.

Sea Change: CEA launched and ran a $20 million venture capital fund focused on sustainable seafood, the Sea Change Investment Fund, funded in part through a Packard PRI.


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