|Cate Owren||Cate Owren, currently Executive Director, has been with the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) since 2007. She has a background in women’s empowerment, participation and leadership, and sustainable development, especially climate change. Upon joining WEDO, she helped to develop the organization’s portfolio on gender and climate change, now one of its priority areas. She has led advocacy campaigns and initiatives at the UNFCCC and other global negotiations; she has also worked on women’s political participation, corporate accountability, forests, water, civil society engagement, UN reform and other cross-cutting issues. Cate Owren sits on UN Boards and advisory committees for the Women’s Empowerment Principles, Democracy Fund and post-2015 strategy. Prior to coming to WEDO, Cate worked for various NGOs in West Africa, the Dominican Republic and the U.S. on gender equality issues such as reproductive health and AIDS education, microfinance, mining and fair trade. Cate has a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the New School, where she concentrated in socioeconomic development with a focus on gender and women’s empowerment. She also has a background in theater.
|Eleanor Blomstrom||Eleanor is the Program Coordinator at the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), responsible for projects related to climate change, including forestry and REDD+ standards and safeguards, and she is the focal point for Rio+20. Her work involves research, training, partner management and development, and global-level advocacy at the UNFCCC and other UN forums. Prior to WEDO, Eleanor worked on various 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 empowermentwith organizations in Nicaragua and Nigeria. 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.
|Rachel Harris||Rachel is WEDO’s Advocacy Coordinator in charge of gender equality and women’s rights in global governance and sustainable development. She heads a technical policy team at the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) and has led women’s caucuses at the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the United Nations Convention on Combating Desertification. Previously, Rachel directed WEDO’s campaign to encourage U.S. women’s and environmental organizations to demand responsible, gender-sensitive U.S. actions in the international climate change negotiations. Prior to joining WEDO, Rachel worked at the World Resources Institute, the International Research Institute of Climate and Society and the Environmental Law Institute. Rachel holds a BA in Environmental Science from Barnard College and an MA in Climate and Society from Columbia University.
|Bridget K. Burns||Bridget is WEDO’s Project and Communications Coordinator. She focuses on projects related to women’s leadership and capacity building, specifically managing the Women Delegates Fund, a comprehensive global women’s leadership program at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Alongside this, Bridget leads strategic planning and development of work on young women’s leadership for sustainable development and will be engaging with young women at Rio+20. In addition she performs research and coordination support on sustainable development and climate change work, actively participating in the UNFCCC and Rio+20 negotiations. As Communications Coordinator, she manages the website, listserv, and social media tools, and drafts the organization’s newsletters and press releases. In Rio, Bridget will be acting as the Social Media Focal Point for the Women’s Major Group and has been managing the @Women_Rio20 twitter and facebook accounts, along with the “Women Creating a Sustainable Future” online community site for the last several months. She also tweets for @WEDO_Worldwideand through her own account @bridiekatie. Bridget has a Master’s Degree in Gender, Development, and Globalisation from the London School of Economics.
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