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.
As Program Director at WEDO, Eleanor manages internal and external relationships and partnerships, including with staff, funders and coalition and project partners. She works closely with program staff in strategic development, implementation and monitoring of WEDO programs and projects. With a particular focus on sustainable development, climate change and urbanization, her work incorporates research, capacity building, and global-level advocacy at multiple UN fora, including the UNFCCC and related to the post-2015 development agenda. Supporting WEDO’s long-standing role of facilitating space for women’s organizing and action, she represents WEDO as organizing partner of the Women’s Major Group for Sustainable Development. 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.
With several years experience managing projects, networks and strategic communications in the areas of women’s rights and sustainable development, at WEDO, Bridget works to implement the organizations advocacy goals and influence policy through multiple channels of communication- from traditional and online media to multi-stakeholder outreach and capacity building. She currently specializes in policy advocacy, research and mobilization around the linkages between gender equality, women’s rights and climate change; particularly in the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Prior to WEDO, Bridget worked at LEAD International coordinating a global network of environmental leaders and conducting leadership training. She obtained a Masters from the London School of Economics in Gender, Development and Globalization, where the focus of her research was on eco-feminism, strategic essentialism and its deployment in literature and policy, as well as a Bachelors in International Policy. Through this work and study, Bridget has also spent time completing on site practicum on a wide variety of development issues in several countries: renewable energy infrastructure in Beijing, global health issues in Tunisia, disaster risk and resilience in Bangkok, and women’s economic development in Costa Rica. She has been and is currently engaged in a number of local and international climate activist groups, as well as a feminist writing collective.
Based in New York and having worked as an IT consultant with WEDO for a little over a decade, Mary has vast experience supporting the IT needs of small not-for-profit organizations. Asked to describe her role at WEDO, Mary stated (in typical Mary style), “when computer/network stuff breaks, I try to fix them, and then make suggestions on how not to break things in the future.” She also added, “WEDO’s role in my employment is more interesting – putting their money where their mouth is, in terms of supporting and hiring a female techie, in a male-dominated field…..I’m “living” it, and WEDO has been supporting and encouraging it for years.” Mary has been an anchor for WEDO for many years, and continues to be an incredible support.
Women’s Major Group
Lean Deleon, Post-2015 Program Associate
As Post-2015 Program Associate, Lean supports the Women’s Major Group for Sustainable Development, particularly in coordination and logistics for the many meetings scheduled throughout 2015. Lean is a Philippine born, Bay-area raised, organizer committed to social movements. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies and South/Southeast Asian Studies. He lived in Thailand for three years working with fisherfolks responding to climate change and disaster risk reduction. In 2014, he organized the 2nd triennial Asia Pacific Feminist Forum. Lean loves community building, poetry, and queer feminist socialist decolonial praxis; and is committed to the national democracy in the Philippines and liberations of all people.
Prachi Rao, Project and Communications Associate
As the Project and Communications Associate, Prachi supports the Advocacy and Communications Director in amplifying the oganization’s impact by managing multiple channels of communication- from traditional and online media to multi-stakeholder outreach and capacity building, as well as logistical support for the Women Delegates Fund. She holds a BA/LLB from Monash University, Australia and specialised in International Politics and Criminology. As a law student, she worked in a Pro Bono Community Legal Centre empowering disadvantaged members of the community to enforce their legal rights. During this period, she also volunteered for a number of organisations including: Amnesty International, Unicef, The Starlight Foundation and Jeans for Genes. While still at university, Prachi worked as Schools’ Director for Oaktree, Australia’s largest youth-run movement fighting poverty.
As Advocacy and Projects Associate, Juliana supports enhanced outreach and effectiveness of WEDO’s work through strategic support to a key set of programs related to WEDO’s advocacy and women’s leadership programs on climate change in particular the Mobilizing Women for Climate Justice Project. Juliana, originally from Colombia, South America, holds an MS in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance with a Gender Studies specialization from New York University. Over the past eight years, she has worked nationally and internationally with a variety of non-governmental and multi-national organizations including UN Women Peace and Security, Concern Worldwide, Girls Leadership Institute, Smithsonian Institution, WorldTeach, and Global Greengrants Fund. Her fields of interest include international human rights, gender equality, environmental sustainability, peacebuilding, and participatory education.
Kashmala Kakakhel has been working on resilience programming and policy analysis over the last six years as the Country Programme Manager for Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), in association with LEAD Pakistan. Her interest is in understanding the various climate finance windows available globally, and making them accessible and meaningful for countries and communities that are most impacted by disasters. She also has an in-depth understanding of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) policy and the Loss and Damage discussion under the UNFCCC. Currently, working as an independent expert, she carries out research on these issues, linking to national and local level implementation. Follow her on twitter @Kashmala_14.
Vanesa Treers, Sustainable Development Post-2015 Fellow
As the Sustainable Development Post-2015 Fellow, Vanesa supports WEDO’s role at the Women’s Major Group for Sustainable Development during the Post-2015 agenda. Vanesa, originally from Colombia, has worked in London for the Latin American Women’s Rights Service empowering latin american women living in the UK and with St Michael’s Fellowship working with families with children at risk. Vanesa is pursuing a MS degree in Development Management from the Open University in the UK and also holds a graduate diploma in Psychology from Kingston University, London. Her fields of interest are women’s human rights, gender equality and sustainable development.