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Emily Peterson



Emily is a Director supporting foundation and nonprofit clients in designing and evaluating grant programs and investments across a variety of environmental issue areas, with an emphasis in the marine conservation sector. Over the last few years, Emily has developed and served as the editor of Our Shared Seas, a platform for ocean-related data, research, and insights. Her work on analyzing funding sources in the marine conservation field has led to peer-reviewed publications. Over her close to decade-long tenure at CEA, Emily has supported numerous clients on their strategic planning and monitoring, evaluation, and learning efforts including the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Indonesia Marine Funders Collaborative, Rare, Rockefeller Foundation, Ocean Conservancy, Walton Family Foundation, and World Wildlife Fund.

Prior to joining CEA, Emily worked in Washington, DC as a Foundations Associate at Oceana. During her graduate studies, she conducted projects for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, and the Triangle Land Conservancy. In addition, she has led conservation-oriented field programs in Botswana, rural Thailand, and the Fiji Highlands.

Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Middlebury College and a Master of Public Policy from Duke University.

Some of her most formative lived experiences have included participating in the post-Katrina recovery process for several years in her hometown of New Orleans and witnessing the intersection of the environmental justice and climate movements. On a typical Sunday morning, she enjoys taking her dog for an oceanside run.