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James Mazzarella

Senior Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs

James Mazzarella
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James Mazzarella is responsible for engagement strategies to promote WWF’s conservation and development goals with Congress and the Administration, as well as coordinating the organization’s policy formation. Jim’s team focuses on fighting for increased conservation funding and expanding international biodiversity, wildlife protection, and programs to promote healthy oceans and forests. He acts as the principal point of contact with other non-governmental organizations on matters related to policies and programs undertaken by the Congress and USG agencies such as the Departments of State, Treasury, and Commerce, USAID, MCC, Development Finance Corporation, EPA and Fish and Wildlife Service.

Jim has experience in the White House, Congress and state government, most recently having worked as Senior Director for the National Security Council for Global Economics and Development where he was a primary architect of a new government agency, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, and senior member of the USG’s G20 and G7 teams. Previously, Jim was Deputy Vice President of Congressional and Public Affairs for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an independent USG foreign assistance agency designed to deliver aid differently, with a mission and model focused on creating economic growth to reduce global poverty and reflecting key principles of aid effectiveness.

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  •  BA International Relations, Michigan State University’s James Madison College

Areas of Expertise

  • International Development
  • Public Policy and Advocacy
  • Global Economics
  • Development Finance
  • Congress, the White House