Melissa Shackleton Dann

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MELISSA SHACKLETON DANN is a thought leader across non-profit and for-profit sectors on issues such as Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), commodity certification, climate change, and raising the profile of using capital markets to drive environmental and social change. Melissa served most recently as Deputy Director of the Goldman Environmental Foundation. She ran a consulting practice for over a decade, Endurance Consulting, with a client base comprised largely of foundations and NGOs such as the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Oak Foundation. Prior to this, she was Executive Director of the Wallace Global Fund where she revamped the fund’s grantmaking strategy and management of the foundation’s corpus, directing investments to a fund in which ESG risks and opportunities were quantified. Melissa has extensive experience serving on non-profit boards and significant experience in governance. She is currently a director of a start-up NGO, Nature4Justice, and serves on the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC), and Winrock Foundation boards. She has served on numerous other boards, including Root Capital, Winrock International, RARE, and Island Press. She formerly chaired the boards of Fauna & Flora International (US office) and the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity. She is a fellow with the Royal Geographic Society, has an MA in political economy from Columbia University and a BA from Denison University. She and her husband, Tom, live in Chevy Chase, MD and have four grown and flown kids.