Chief of Party
Over the last 23 years, Dr. Anderson has worked in 41 countries in the areas of climate adaptation, benefit-cost analysis, environmental and economic policy, water resources management, and environmental finance. In addition to his project management duties as COP for CCRD, he is leading adaptation work in Kazakhstan, training on adaptation and is serving as editor and contributing author of a primer on the economics of weather, climate, and hydrological services, a joint effort of the WMO, The World Bank, and the CSP (with financial support from USAID through CCRD). He received his BA from the University of Washington in Economics and holds MA and PhD degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Deputy Chief of Party
Dr. Peter Schultz has two decades of experience in climate and global change research, management, decision support, and communication. Dr. Schultz serves as CCRD Deputy Chief of Party and led development of the guidance documents on Vulnerability Assessment and Climate Change and Conflict; a series of strategic white papers; CCRD’s input to National Adaptation Planning in Jamaica; and work on the Climate-Resilient Infrastructure Services program. At ICF, he analyzes the impacts of climate change on a broad array of sectors, and helps clients prepare for the threats and opportunities presented by climate change. He has led or contributed to the framing and development of dozens of global change assessments at the National Research Council, U.S. Global Change Research Program, and ICF.
Senior Water Resources and GCC SpecialistDr. Robert Raucher, a founding partner and principal at Stratus Consulting, specializes in economics, risk management, strategic planning, and regulatory policy analysis related to water utilities, water resources, and environmental quality. He is a noted expert on water resources management, benefit-cost analysis and water-related valuation issues, regulatory policy, and climate change-related vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategies for water resource management. Dr. Raucher serves on numerous expert panels and committees, including three workgroups for the National Drinking Water Advisory Council. He is a member of the WateReuse Foundation’s Research Advisory Committee.
Deborah Tepley has more than a decade of experience managing complex projects in the field of international development and service in the government, non-profit, and private sectors. Currently, Ms. Tepley delivers day-to-day operations and contract management at Engility of the USAID Climate Change Resilient Development (CCRD) Project. As the point of senior interface between client, technical staff, and home office support units, Ms. Tepley performs a broad array of management activities in the areas of project and financial administration, supervision of staff, communication, and contracts. In this capacity, she ensures that project resources are matched against the needs of USAID and implementation teams, and identifies new ways to achieve efficiency and effectiveness in CCRD’s processes and program.
Climate Change Adaptation and Development Specialist
Dr. Yoon Kim is a Climate Change Adaptation and Development Specialist with over a decade of experience working on development issues. Her work focuses on promoting mainstreaming of climate considerations into planning and decision-making, and her recent work includes assessment and prioritization of regional vulnerabilities to inform portfolio development, facilitation of stakeholder processes in support of national adaptation planning, and capacity building of local and international stakeholders to understand and respond to climate vulnerabilities. She holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in International Development from the University of Oxford.
Senior Climate Adaptation Specialist
Mr. Michael E. Cote is an international climate adaptation specialist with 12 years’ experience specializing in urban planning, program management, and institutional capacity building. Under CCRD, Michael is the coordinator of the High Mountains Adaptation Partnership (HiMAP) program and Technical Lead for the urban planning technology project called CIMPACT-DST in Vietnam. Michael also serves as Director of Communications for the overall CCRD contract, managing a team of environmental writers, editors, designers, and videographers.
Jesica Thavarajah has 6 years of international development and technology experience, mainly focused on stabilization and governance. She has worked for Engility/IRG for 2 years as a Senior Contracts Administrator. Jesica currently serves as the grants manager for Grants Under Contract Program in Asia, Africa, South and Central America on CCRD. She provides cradle-to-grave grants management as well as financial and compliance auditing of grantees. Jesica also advises stakeholders on conducting and documenting work on climate impacts and vulnerability. Jesica holds a MA from American University’s School of International Service in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, a BA from Florida International University in International Relations. She speaks English and French fluently.
Project Administrator/Research Support
Mukul Sharma has been with IRG/Engility for the past two years as a project dedicated employee on CCRD. His is primarily responsible is to ensure project management runs smoothly and often provides technical assistance in areas such as National Adaptation Planning, Small Grants, and the Adaptation Partnership. Prior to joining the CCRD team he was with SEGURA Consulting, a small business USAID contractor, where he provided project administration for contracts on the GBTI II IQC. Mukul has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Ms. Joyce-Lynn (Lyly) Njinga has over seven years’ worth of experience working in the fields of environment, international development, and education. Under the CCRD program, Ms. Njinga has managed, facilitated, and developed resources for numerous training, workshops, and special events on issues related to climate change adaptation in countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Jamaica, and Senegal. She has also conducted technical analysis, research, and assessments on climate change issues. Ms. Njinga holds a Master’s in Environment and Sustainable Development from University College London, a Bachelor’s in International Studies from American University, and speaks French and Spanish.
Schuyler Olsson is an international development and environment specialist with experience in the U.S., Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Europe. He has worked in diverse areas including climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction, sea turtle conservation, community outreach, volunteer leadership, communications, and translation. He speaks French, Spanish, and proficient Mandarin and holds Master’s degrees in International Affairs and Natural Resources & Sustainable Development. Under CCRD, Schuyler provides project management, research, communications, and logistics support, including workshop coordination and facilitation.
After 10 years in the communications field serving as account manager, designer, director of communications, editor, journalist, social media and web manager, Jamie Carson began sustainability communications firm C.C. Global, Inc. Founded in the DC Metro, C.C. Global first worked with an international nonprofit focused on adaptation to climate change, resource scarcity, and urbanization. Now, Carson serves as a communications consultant on the CCRD project. Carson has degrees in Spanish and environmental journalism.
Paola Eisner is an international development and environmental specialist with a background in coastal and marine management, environmental diplomacy, and environmental public advocacy. Ms. Eisner graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors from Brown University with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and International Relations. Ms. Eisner also holds a Bachelors in Fine Arts (B.F.A.) from Rhode Island School of Design, where she majored in Illustration. Paola Eisner works on knowledge and project management, communications, event organization, research, grant management, website management, graphic design, and document production for CCRD.
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