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Melissa Dann

August 22, 2022

Melissa is a thought leader on issues such as climate change, impact investing, and using capital markets to drive environmental and social change, with 30 years of experience in the philanthropic, nonprofit, and government sectors. She has led and worked at organizations ranging from the Wallace Global Fund to the US-Asia Environmental Partnership to the World Wildlife Fund. For the past decade, Melissa has advised foundations, corporations, and nonprofit organizations on a range of environmental issues. She has served on many nonprofit boards, including the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition, Fauna & Flora International (US), Winrock, RARE and the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity. Melissa is a graduate of Columbia University and Denison University, and a Fellow with the Royal Geographic Society. She joined the Prize in 2022.

Recent Posts

Goldman Prize Winners Call for Release of Nguy Thi Khanh


September 13, 2022

Today, 52 Goldman Environmental Prize winners sent a letter to the members of the UN Human Rights Council in support of Nguy Thi Khanh, the 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize winner from Vietnam. Khanh is serving a two-year prison sentence in Vietnam for the alleged crime of tax evasion, widely understood as punishment for being an…

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Stopping the Spill: How Oil Is Changing Our Earth


August 22, 2022 – By Jacqueline Kehoe

News headlines every few years can leave the impression that oil spills are rare, one-off events, like BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010 or the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster. In reality, they happen constantly: Over 700 million gallons of waste oil reach the ocean every year, destroying entire ecosystems and communities. Beyond its role in…

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Indigenous Communities: Protectors of our Forests


August 8, 2022 – By Jacqueline Kehoe

It has now become widely understood in environmental circles that Indigenous groups around the world are often the best stewards of land conservation because of their longstanding cultural, spiritual, and physical connections to their territories. August 9, is UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, a day that recognizes the unique role of Indigenous…

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