Jessica Brown

Jessica Brown is Executive Director of the New England Biolabs Foundation, a private, US-based foundation, whose mission is to foster stewardship of landscapes and seascapes and the biocultural diversity found in these places. She has three decades of experience with community-based conservation globally, having worked in countries of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Mesoamerica, Andean South America, Central Europe and the Balkans. Jessica chairs the Protected Landscapes Specialist Group of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas and serves on the boards of several NGOs, including International Funders for Indigenous Peoples, New England International Donors, and Terralingua. Recent consulting assignments include the UNDP/Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme (SGP).  Jessica has published widely on topics related to protected areas governance, community engagement, and stewardship of biocultural landscapes. She is an associate member of the Graduate Faculty of Rutgers University in its Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies program, and holds degrees from Clark University and Brown University.