Jessica Brown

Jessica Brown is Executive Director of the New England Biolabs Foundation, an independent, private foundation whose mission is to foster community-based conservation of landscapes and seascapes and the bio-cultural diversity found in these places. The Foundation works internationally in countries of Central America, Andean South America and West Africa, and locally on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Prior to joining NEBF she was Senior Vice President for International Programs with the Quebec-Labrador Foundation/Atlantic Center for the Environment (QLF), responsible for its capacity-building and peer-to-peer exchange activities in diverse regions. Over the past two decades Jessica has worked in countries of Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Central and Eastern Europe. She serves as Vice President of International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) and as Chair of the board of Terralingua. She has worked as a consultant with the UNDP/Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme in support of its Community Management of Protected Areas for Conservation (COMPACT) initiative. She is an associate member of the Graduate Faculty, Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies in Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences A member of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), Jessica chairs its Protected Landscapes Specialist Group, and has published widely on topics related to stewardship of bio-cultural landscapes. She received an M.A. (International Development) from Clark University and a B.A. (Biology and Environmental Studies) from Brown University. She lives in Newbury, Massachusetts with her husband and two children.