Tess Present, Ph.D.
Areas of Expertise
- Policy & Program Design
- Capacity Building in Adaptive Management
- Organizational Learning
- Facilitation & Coalition Building
Education & Certificates
- Ph.D., Marine Biology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
- B.A., Biological Sciences, Smith College, Northampton, MA
Tess Present, Ph.D.
Tess broadly focuses on the design and implementation of adaptive management frameworks to improve project, program, and organizational effectiveness in achieving conservation impact at scale. She is a Senior Technical Advisor to the USAID Measuring Impact (MI) Project working primarily to design performance and effectiveness metrics; develop tools to support program and project design, monitoring, evaluation, and learning; and support USAID efforts to advance learning across the Agency. Tess led the MI team working closely with USAID to develop “Measuring Efforts to Combat Wildlife Crime: A Toolkit for Improving Action and Accountability” for which the Agency has received recognition from other USG agencies. She also spearheaded the development and launch of the USAID Biodiversity Cross-Mission Learning Program, which was recognized for its innovation by the Agency’s Bureau of Policy, Planning, and Learning.
Tess joined Environmental Incentives after 11+ years with the National Audubon Society, most recently as Vice President of Conservation and Strategic Planning. She began her work in applied conservation after a 15-year career of university teaching and research focused on the ecology of marine, estuarine, and coastal communities.
Tess aspires to bring increasing rigor and innovation to the design and implementation of conservation projects at the geographic scale, required for sustained viability of natural resources through inclusive stakeholder engagement and integration of conservation and human well-being goals.