Libby Khumalo

Senior Program Manager, Sustainable Financing Coordinator, Northern Great Plains

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Libby Khumalo, who joined World Wildlife Fund in May 2019, supports the Buffalo Nations Grasslands Alliance, a Native developed and led 501(c)(3) nonprofit collaborating with a broad coalition of partners to support conservation and sustainable livelihoods in Native nations in the Northern Great Plains. A conservation social scientist by training, the Spokane Co, Washington native studied community-based conservation in Southern Africa and has taught a variety of conservation and recreation courses for the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana. After obtaining her Doctorate in Forestry, she worked for the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, assisting partners in the Blackfeet Nation, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and the Fort Belknap Indian Community with climate change adaptation planning and implementation. Libby has coordinated many initiatives that spark new ideas and engagement, including the annual International Seminar on Protected Area Management, the Hands Across Borders transboundary conservation workshop, and new activities for the Helena (MT) Community Gardens. Libby loves to hike, dance, run, garden, and travel.

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Senior Program Manager, Sustainable Financing Coordinator


  • Ph.D. Forestry, University of Montana
  • M.A. Environmental Management, University of Pretoria
  • B.A. Biology, Whitworth University

Areas of Expertise

  • Community-based conservation
  • Project management
  • Conservation social science
  • Climate resilience