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Renu Saini

Program Officer, Environment Program

Renu is a program officer in the Environment Program’s oceans initiative, which works Chile, Mexico, Peru, Indonesia and the United States to make fishing the sustainability success story of the 21st century. Renu manages the foundation’s grantmaking in Chile and Peru, where we work closely with fishermen, industry leaders, local communities, the government and scientists to put in place the policies and practices that improve fisheries management and sustain fishing communities.

Before joining the foundation, Renu was a program officer at the Helmsley Charitable Trust. In that role, she led the conservation program in Madagascar, Galápagos, and marine with grantmaking efforts focusing on effective management and expansion of marine and terrestrial protected areas, promotion of locally managed marine areas, sustainable fisheries and tourism, creation of sustainable livelihoods, eradication of invasive species, urban planning and capacity building of local community groups, government institutions and not-for-profit organizations.

Renu also spent nine years at the Kohlberg Foundation, where her grantmaking portfolio included initiatives in environmental conservation, cancer research, human trafficking prevention and support for at-risk youth.

Renu holds a master’s degree in Global Affairs from Rutgers University and bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University and has 15 years of experience in grantmaking and conservation.

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