Natalie Elwell is the senior gender advisor at World Resources Institute, working to ensure that WRI’s research, analyses and tools advance gender equality. Natalie joined WRI from USAID where she served as the Senior Advisor for Gender and Environment, working to build capacity within the Agency to advance and leverage women’s empowerment and gender equality to enhance the outcomes of environment and climate change programming. Prior to joining USAID at the end of 2009, Natalie was the Associate Vice President for Gender Equity at World Neighbors where she served as a technical advisor to field teams in 18 countries throughout Africa, Asia and LAC, designing their gender approach and building local capacity to integrate gender into long-term rural community development programs. Natalie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Moldova from 1994 to 1996, where she taught English and environmental education. Her work on gender issues began in Moldova where she initiated and facilitated a “women in development” group. Natalie is a founder and former board member of Groundswell International, a partnership of local NGOs and resource people in Africa, Asia and LAC working to strengthen rural communities to build healthy farming and food systems from the bottom up. Natalie earned an MA in Sustainable Development from the School for International Development in Vermont.