Andrea Erickson-Quiroz currently serves as Managing Director for Water Security at The Nature Conservancy. She leads TNC's team of freshwater scientists, policy experts, economists and on-the-ground conservation practitioners. The team is working to identify, test and deploy innovative, large-scale strategies that demonstrate how investments in nature will enable us to secure the water we need to prosper. Andrea is a co-author of Beyond the Source, TNC’s flagship report on nature-based solutions for water security. She is a member of advisory councils such as the CEO Water Mandate and ABInBev’s Global Advisory Council.
As a senior leader at the Conservancy, Andrea has over 20 years of experience in the design, management, and leadership of conservation programs in the United States and Latin America. Her work has included strategic identification of conservation opportunities; collaborative planning and project development in a wide variety of institutional arrangements; government and partner relationship management; fundraising and financial sustainability; board development and engagement; practitioners training and capacity development; management of conservation operations in cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary multi-locational settings.
She was formerly The Nature Conservancy’s Wyoming State Director for the (2005-2015) where she focused TNC on collaborative efforts with agriculture and the energy industry. Andrea and her team piloted an infrastructure mitigation approach that guided $24M of mitigation investment in Wyoming, and has developed watershed level programs to support communities and conservation outcomes. Her prior work with The Nature Conservancy included seven years in Mexico where she directed conservation programs in four states, and developed public and private partnerships contributing to the protection and management of over 4 million acres of land and water. She started with The Conservancy in the Galapagos Islands developing community based conservation efforts, and served as a Peace Corps community development volunteer in Ecuador.
She completed her undergraduate degree at Cornell University and has a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge in Environmental Policy and Economic Development. She lives now in Wyoming.