ennifer Morris became President of Conservation International in 2017.
ennifer Morris became President of Conservation International in 2017. She leads the more than 1,000 scientists, policy experts and passionate conservation professionals in 27 countries worldwide working to achieve the organization’s mission of protecting nature for the well-being of humanity. Jennifer brings more than 20 years of experience in international conservation and economic development to her role. Since joining Conservation International in 1998, she has served in many leadership positions. As Chief Operations Officer, she led the organization through significant growth in budget and staff. During her tenure, she has overseen Conservation International’s work with corporations and conservation finance and has developed some of the organization’s most enduring programs and partnerships.
Jennifer serves on the boards of several organizations including the Conservation Strategy Fund, Natural Capital Coalition and Nia Tero, an organization working to secure indigenous guardianship of vital ecosystems around the world. Jennifer is a frequent presenter at international conferences, corporate events and universities on issues related to conservation finance, corporate engagement, climate change and women’s leadership.
Prior to joining Conservation International, Jennifer was a business development consultant with Women’s World Banking and has lived and worked in Japan, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Bolivia. She has a master's degree in international affairs with a focus on business development and microfinance from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She has a bachelor's degree in political science from Emory University. She currently lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.