Karen PoianiChair, Fund Development

    CEO, Island Conservation

    Karen is a conservation practitioner and Ph.D. scientist with over two decades of non-profit leadership experience. She is the CEO of Island Conservation, a non-profit whose mission is to prevent extinctions of endemic and endangered species on islands around the world. She also served as the Director of Evaluation & Learning at the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation and spent 17 years with The Nature Conservancy working at global, regional and state levels. She has authored numerous scientific publications and has served as a spokesperson on a variety of conservation topics. She completed her B.S. in environmental studies from Stockton State College in New Jersey and earned an M.S. in botany and a Ph.D. in ecology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.