Elizabeth O’Neill,

Conservation Planning And Evaluation Specialist

Elizabeth is a conservation planning and evaluation specialist with more than 25 years of experience working in environmental conservation. Since 2000, Elizabeth has worked almost exclusively in the international biodiversity conservation sector, supporting strategic planning and leading evaluations of multi-country, regional, and thematic programs. She has served as the lead on program assessment and evaluation for Conservation International, WWF International, and the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation. Over the past 12 years, Elizabeth has led teams in designing and evaluating dozens of multi-country, multi-scale conservation programs across Central and South America, Africa, Eastern Europe, and mainland and Southeast Asia as well as global thematic programs in areas such as wildlife trade, climate policy, and market-based strategies. Through her various positions and projects, Elizabeth has worked closely with everyone from on-the-ground conservationists and their partners to senior leaders of conservation nonprofits to program officers and board members of a major foundation. She specializes in employing pragmatic, mixed-methods approaches to planning and evaluation that cultivate participation, rigor, innovation, reflection, and ownership. Elizabeth holds a BSc in Natural Resources Management from Cornell University and an MSc in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland.