Jenny Springer

Jenny Springer is an anthropologist with over 20 years of experience working on indigenous and community land rights, community-based natural resource management, and social dimensions of conservation. She joined IUCN as Director of the Global Programme on Governance and Rights in October 2018. In her previous role as Chair of the IUCN CEESP Theme on Governance, Equity and Rights, Jenny played a lead role in the development of the IUCN Natural Resource Governance Framework (NRGF). From 2013 to September 2015, she was Director of Global Programs for the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), where she oversaw RRI’s global analytical and policy engagement work. Prior to joining RRI, Jenny was Senior Director for People and Conservation at the World Wildlife FundUS, where she led WWF’s policies and programs on indigenous peoples and rights-based approaches to conservation, and was a co-founder of the Conservation Initiative on Human Rights. Jenny’s work on community tenure, natural resource management and poverty reduction includes broad-based experience across Africa, Asia and Latin America. She has conducted field research in South India and the Philippines, served in the Peace Corps in Ifugao (Philippines), and holds degrees from Harvard and the University of Chicago.