Cheryl Margoluis is the executive director of the CARE-WWF Alliance. Through the Alliance, Cheryl bridges the teams at WWF and CARE to address the complex issues facing the world today, bringing in CARE's expertise in topics such as gender equity, livelihoods, and climate justice with various WWF programs to achieve greater conservation outcomes and improve community well-being.
Cheryl’s career has focused on helping organizations achieve the greatest impact through programs that integrate conservation, climate, livelihoods, and health, with a focus on women and girls. It is through this lens that she guides the work of this unique and cross-cutting partnership.
Cheryl has worked in conservation organizations and development organizations throughout her career. Her first job out of college was as an intern with WWF. She always knew she would return! Her previous position before joining the Alliance was at a global health organization, creating the global program Women-led Climate Resilience.
Cheryl has also worked to bring conservation into education, founding a bilingual 'green' school in Central America and serving as a professor of tropical ecology and human ecology for nine years at the Pitzer College program in Costa Rica. She lived and worked in Guatemala and Costa Rica for 15 years before moving back to California recently with her family. She is passionate about supporting women throughout the world and serves as a board member for the UN Women USA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.