Althea Skinner

Director, Socially Inclusive Conservation

Althea  Skinner
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Althea is committed to ensuring that the poorest and most vulnerable people benefit from WWF’s conservation initiatives. She currently leads the rollout of WWF’s new environmental and social safeguards framework across WWF-US offices. From the Arctic and Northern Great Plains to Central and South America, Althea works with land- and seascape teams to identify and mitigate social and environmental risks in their project portfolios. She brings to bear her social expertise to inform social analysis and stakeholder engagement planning aimed at safeguarding the rights of local communities and indigenous people.

Althea also spearheads monitoring, evaluation, learning, and communications for the CARE-WWF Alliance. Since 2008, CARE and WWF have worked together in East Africa to test and scale-up models that break the vicious cycle of natural resource degradation, poverty, and inequality. A skilled facilitator, Althea supports CARE and WWF colleagues to design integrated interventions, monitor their implementation, reflect on field experience, synthesize lessons learned, and communicate results. Althea is passionate about sharing integrated approaches that can empower women and the poor to manage natural resources more sustainably and to adapt to climate change in ways that protect human rights and secure the livelihoods of present and future generations.

Althea holds a Master’s degree in International Development from American University and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Rice University. Outside of work, Althea can be found in the dance studio or exploring the great outdoors with her wife.

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Director, Socially Inclusive Conservation


  • Master’s degree in International Development, American University 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Rice University