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Andrea Santy

Director, the Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program

Andrea Santy
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Andrea joined WWF in 2001 and has more than 20 years of experience in international education, capacity development, and cross-cultural communications. As Director of the Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN), she works to ensure that conservationists from Africa, Asia and Latin America gain the skills and knowledge they need to manage their own natural resources. Started in 1994, EFN identifies rising conservation stars from the global south and invests in education and training for these leaders. The EFN network is 2,500 strong and growing.

From 2005-2010, Andrea managed WWF’s Andes-Amazon Capacity Building Initiative. The program supported training for more than 1600 protected area managers and rangers and provided fellowships to over 100 graduate students from the region.

More recently, she’s been focusing on capacity development for youth, landscape restoration practitioners, and conservationists in countries undergoing dramatic social, political and economic change. She is also partnering on a project to crowdsource data on global conservation learning opportunities. Once complete, she hopes the data will increase understanding about opportunities and gaps for accessing capacity development.

Prior to joining WWF, Andrea had a brief but memorable stint managing a small conservation and education center in the tropical lowlands of Costa Rica. Andrea was born and raised in Silver Spring, MD. She is passionate about the outdoors and spends many of her weekends exploring the tributaries of Rock Creek with her family.

“WWF’s work focuses on areas of high biodiversity, but these areas often lack access to specialized conservation education and learning opportunities. Through EFN, my work connects conservation leaders to education and training so that they can gain the tools they need to be effective. ”

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Director, the Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program


  • MA, international communication, American University, Washington, DC
  • Bachelor’s in international relations from the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH

Areas of Expertise

  • Capacity development
  • Grant management
  • Youth leadership
  • International education and exchange
  • Landscape restoration training