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MADELEINE MCKINNON, ph.D.

Principal and Founder

A passionate and highly-accomplished professional, Madeleine has over 15 years’ experience working on planning, monitoring and evaluation of nature conservation, international development, and community programs with philanthropies, non-profits, government agencies, and research institutes.

Most recently, she lead measurement, evaluation and learning for philanthropic investments and technology products by Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder in areas of wildlife conservation, climate change, communities, education, pandemics, arts and culture. Previously, she spent over 5 years with Conservation International leading monitoring and reporting on the effectiveness of CI’s global programs in conserving biodiversity and improving human well-being in over 25 countries.

Her research has been published in high impact journals including Nature and Science. She was the principal investigator for a Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) working group on Evidence-based Conservation and previously served on the Board of the Conservation Measures Partnership. 

Originally from London, Madeleine graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a B.Sc. in Ecology and has a Masters in Applied Ecology and Conservation from the University of East Anglia. She earned a Ph.D. focused on evaluation of conservation policy and programs from the University of Queensland, Australia.

She lives in San Francisco.

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