Cate Owren

As Senior Gender Programme Manager of the GGO, part of the IUCN Global Programme on Governance and Rights, Cate supports management of staff and development and implementation of the team’s project portfolio, communications and knowledge products, and resource and partner mobilization, as well as policy and technical support internally and for IUCN’s wide range of members and partners.

Focused primarily on climate change, sustainable development and biodiversity themes, together with women’s rights and empowerment, women’s political participation, women’s organizing and networking, and gender equality advocacy, Cate has more than 15 years of experience working on policy processes and programme implementation at international, regional and national levels. She joined IUCN in 2013 after serving as the Executive Director of the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), a women’s global advocacy organization based in New York, where she held various program positions prior. She has enjoyed a wide range of experiences in global processes such as UNFCCC, CSD, CBD, CSW, and Rio+20. In her capacity as WEDO’s ED, she served on the Advisory Boards of the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and was invited to be part of the Clinton Global Initiative, among other positions and opportunities.

Cate has traveled, lived or worked in more than 30 countries and has degrees in International Affairs/Socioeconomic Development (M.A., The New School), English Literature and Theater (B.S., Skidmore College). Prior to shifting activist hobbies toward being her professional focus, she was a member of a New York City theater company with whom she performed and produced for 10 years. She is active in local town, county, and state politics; loves weekends outdoors with her two small kids; and still fuels her soul with the arts.