Dr. Maria Damon is the Alliance’s most recent board member. She currently serves as Strategic Development Director of the Environment for Development (EfD) Initiative, an environmental economics institute focused on research, policy, and academic programs in developing countries. The objective of EfD is to support poverty alleviation and sustainable development by building environmental economics capacity in policy-making processes. Maria is widely published in the fields of environmental policy, green growth, and development economics.
Prior to joining EfD, Maria was on the faculty at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego and an A.B. in Economics from Cornell University. She also completed a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) doctoral program on marine biodiversity and conservation with Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Prior to NYU, Maria was an Assistant Professor at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. She also served a one-year appointment as Staff Economist for Environment and Regulation at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and worked as a researcher at The World Bank. She currently lives in Wilson, WY with her husband and 2-year old son.
“I’m excited to join the Alliance board because I believe it is an ideal way to use my background in environmental policy and conservation to contribute to the community that I am so passionate about. I moved to this valley recently with my family, with the belief that it is the ideal place to raise my young son. Protection of the resources and wildness of this valley, with enlightened public policy that prioritizes conservation and smart growth, is crucial to keeping Jackson Hole the unique and magical place that I believe in for my son’s future and future generations.”