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Small Creek in Colombia Freshwater flows through a small creek in the Andes region of Colombia, South America. © Diego Ochoa

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Paula Caballero joins The Nature Conservancy as Regional Managing Director, Latin America

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Paula Caballero Headshot of Paula Caballero © Paula Caballero

Today, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) announced that Paula Caballero, a recognized leader in developing and implementing climate action and managing successful teams, has been named regional managing director, Latin America. Ms. Caballero, most recently managing director, Lands for Life Program at Rare, will begin her new role on November 1, 2021.

Ms. Caballero brings extensive experience in sustainable development and is recognized as having created the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals concept, which are considered to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.” For this work she was awarded the German Sustainability Award in 2019 and the Zayed International Prize for the Environment in 2014 for her contribution to “environmental action leading to positive change.”

“Paula has decades of experience developing and implementing projects aimed at building a better future for us all,” said Matt Brown, managing director for global conservation at TNC. “She is a passionate and dedicated manager who will bring a wealth of leadership experience to our organization. As we work to addressing big planetary problems with big planetary solutions, Paula will lead a team of passionate staff dedicated to meeting these goals.”  

In this role, Ms. Caballero will lead TNC’s efforts to execute strategies in Latin America to address some of the planet’s biggest challenges from climate change to biodiversity loss, food and water sustainability to land, water, and ocean protection. She will lead a team working in nine countries stretching from Mexico to Argentina.

“Latin America is the world’s most biodiverse region on Earth; and it’s facing unprecedented challenges,” said Caballero. “The Nature Conservancy is working across the region to slow deforestation, provide economic opportunities for farmers and ranchers, increase access to fresh, clean water, and develop innovative solutions to tackle the interrelated biodiversity and climate crises. I’m excited to be joining the organization at such a critical time for people and nature.”

Prior to joining Rare, Caballero served in many senior level positions, including as global director for the World Resources Institute’s climate program, senior director for environmental and natural resources at the World Bank, and with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombia and the United Nations Development Program. Throughout her career she’s demonstrated a commitment to sustainability, equity, and development issues working closely with a wide array of international counterparts. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Brown University and a master’s degree in international relations with a focus on transboundary resources from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia.

A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Caballero is fluent in Spanish and English and conversant in Portuguese and French with a basic understanding of German. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, history, and meditation. Someday she’d love to find the time to validate her pilot certification in the U.S. She currently resides in Washington, D.C. and will be spending lots of time in the region. To date she has travelled to and worked with more than 80 countries. 

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 75 countries and territories: 37 by direct conservation impact and 38 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.