Conserve Land and Water Strategy Lead
Areas of Focus
Conservation of resilient, connected networks of land and freshwater in the Northern Appalachians.
Jessie started working for Nature United and its global affiliate in 2013. For five years, she led the Staying Connected Initiative, a binational partnership of conservation organizations and provincial and state agencies working together to sustain forested landscape connections across the northern Appalachian region, an area that includes Southern Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, as well as the north-eastern U.S. She is the co-chair of the Coordinating Committee of the Network for Landscape Conservation, for a member of the IUCN Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group, and has advised Parks Canada around developing ecological corridors.
Before joining TNC, she was helping launch the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science, a network of researchers focused on biological diversity based at McGill University. She also worked for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, an initiative between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico, where she helped develop for the North American Environmental Atlas.
She has also worked in Latin America, leading cross-cultural development and education programs. Jessie holds a master’s in City and Regional Planning and a master’s in Energy and Resources, both from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jessie’s love for conservation began as a teen, when she participated in restoration in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park. Nowadays, she spends her free time exploring the beauty of the Northern Appalachians with her own teenagers, trail running, biking, swimming, and hiking.