David Reed is Senior Policy Advisor for WWF-US. He holds a Ph.D and graduate degrees from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He has worked for thirty-five years in social and economic development programs in Latin America, Africa, and Asia at both grassroots and managerial levels.
When joining WWF in 1989, Dr. Reed directed several international programs to address the environmental impacts of macroeconomic reforms, becoming a widely-published author and global expert on the complex relationships between economic policies, social structures and environmental change in the developing world. Seminal works include Structural Adjustment, the Environment, and Sustainable Development (Earthscan, 1996) and Escaping Poverty’s Grasp: The Environmental Foundations of Poverty Reduction (Earthscan, 2006).
More recently, he has focused attention on the deepening impacts of ecological change on U.S. national security interests around the world, through which he has strengthened relations between WWF and the U.S. security and intelligence communities. His more recent works include In Pursuit of Prosperity: U.S. Foreign Policy in an Era of Natural Resource Scarcity (Routledge, 2014), a volume that explores the impacts of natural resource scarcity and climate change on social stability and U.S. security interests in countries of importance to our country. His forthcoming book, Water, Security and U.S. Foreign Policy (Routledge), with a foreword by Gen. Jim Jones, is scheduled for release in late June, 2017.