Ellen Shaw has worked for more than 20 years in natural resources internationally and in the United States. Originally from Oregon, Ellen served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa, working with communities and local leaders in agroforestry, agriculture, and health.
Her professional experience also includes private sector consulting firms and civil society organizations in New York, Massachusetts, and India on issues ranging from energy and tourism to conservation and climate change.
As a civil servant at the U.S. Department of State, she served until 2006 as an environmental policy analyst with a broad portfolio in strategic planning, transboundary environmental cooperation, and water partnerships and science education in the Middle East.
Following that, she took a policy position specializing in tropical forest conservation and wildlife trafficking; multilateral negotiations in entities ranging from the International Tropical Timber Organization to the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice; and partnerships with countries and stakeholders in Africa, southeast Asia, China, Europe, and Russia.
She began working for the Forest Service National Partnership Office in June 2015.
Ellen earned a BA from the University of Oregon in 1993, and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy in 1999. When not traveling, she enjoys karate, hiking and camping, entertaining, and seeking out the next adventure. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children.