The WEDO team is a dedicated, diverse and dynamic group of activists and advocates committed to realizing the vision of the organization, supported by an extraordinary group of interns, Graduate Fellows and other volunteers, as well as an international Board of Directors.
At WEDO, Eleanor coordinates programs on sustainable development and climate change. Her work involves research, training, partner management and development, and global-level advocacy at the UNFCCC and other UN fora. Prior to WEDO, Eleanor worked on climate change projects ranging from green roofs to waste management to adaptation with the Earth Institute, the Clinton Foundation and the World Bank. She has community development experience in the areas of agriculture and women’s empowerment with organizations in Nicaragua and Nigeria. Her current work is informed by a professional background in bilingual elementary education with a focus on race and gender equity in public schools. Eleanor holds a Master of International Affairs in Urban and Environmental Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelors degree in Environmental Sciences.
Bridget has a Master’s Degree in Gender, Development, and Globalisation from the London School of Economics. At WEDO, Bridget’s work focuses on women’s leadership and capacity building in addition to research and coordination support on sustainable development and climate change work. She also spends part of her time on communications: managing the website, listserv, and social media tools as well as drafting newsletters and press releases. Prior to WEDO, she worked at LEAD International in London, a global non-profit dedicated to advancing leadership for sustainable development. There she managed the global LEAD Fellow’s network, coordinated the LEAD Europe program, and supported leadership training in a number of different countries. In 2009 she became certified in training on gender and climate change from the IUCN/GGCA. She is also a certified youth trainer. Bridget is a graduate of Marist College.
Bringing more than twenty years of experience in non-profit accounting and financial management in very diverse settings, Dona Weekes joined WEDO as Finance Manager in January 2013. Thriving on the details and rolling up her sleeves as a team player, Dona’s motto is, ‘Change is good!’ Dona is committed to community volunteer work and counts among her biggest accomplishments taking the lead on a faith-based project called Welfare to Work. Dona has a BS and a Master’s in Accounting from the University of Phoenix.
With several years experience leading policy-advocacy teams on behalf of WEDO, Rachel currently advises on WEDO’s advocacy and research on gender equality and climate change, mainly in the context of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). Her particular areas of expertise include gender mainstreaming in climate change and sustainable development, and gender equality in UN Reform. Previously Rachel led WEDO’s U.S. Campaign to encourage U.S. based women’s and environmental organizations to demand responsible, gender-sensitive U.S. actions in the international climate change negotiations. Prior to WEDO, Rachel worked at environmental organizations including the World Resources Institute, the International Research Institute of Climate and Society and the Environmental Law Institute. Rachel holds a BA in Environmental Science from Barnard College and an MA in Climate and Society from Columbia University. She was born and raised in New Orleans, LA and has lived in New York, NY for over 10 years.
Based in Costa Rica, working primarily in developing countries and promoting South-South collaboration, Andrea Quesada-Aguilar is a Sr. Project Manager at WEDO. Andrea has a background in botany and obtained her Masters degree in Ecology and Evolution. Since 2007, her work has focused on establishing the links between gender equality and various environmental issues, including a leading role in pioneer activities to ensure that the climate change agreements promote gender equality and women’s rights. Andrea is the author of multiple publications on issues regarding gender and climate change, has been involved in advocacy and capacity building efforts at both the international and national level; has supported various platforms to strengthen women’s networks; and has coordinated several projects and initiatives to implement gender sensitive climate change policies in multiple developing countries. Particularly, her work has focused on understanding the gender considerations of REDD+, and at WEDO she translates that experience into ensuring that national strategies, safeguard initiatives, proposals, projects and financing mechanisms related to REDD+ address gender considerations and take steps towards becoming gender transformative.
Interns and Fellows
Ingrid is a second year graduate student in International Development at Sciences Po in Paris. At WEDO, she is conducting research and assisting in the work on the issues closest to her heart: climate change, agriculture and food security, and women’s empowerment. Ingrid has previously worked as an intern with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and on a research project in collaboration with the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in Paris.
Monika is a second year graduate student in International Public Management at Sciences Po in Paris, where she is specializing in human rights and post-Soviet space. Prior to working with WEDO, she worked as an intern for Reuters news agency, and the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. Most recently, she interned with the development aid section at the Delegation of European Union in Kyrgyzstan, where she developed a strong interest of women rights in developing countries, and women’s role in creating sustainable economic growth.
Maria is a second year master’s student of social prevention and rehabilitation at the University of Warsaw, in the process of writing her master thesis on women’s reproductive and sexual rights in Poland. With WEDO, she is working on gender equality in the context of climate change and environmental sustainability. Maria also works for the Spring Organization in Poland, where she trains new volunteers how to work with children from dysfunctional families.