We are thrilled to announce that Monica P. Medina has been appointed as the new Wildlife Conservation Society President and CEO. Monica makes history as the first woman to serve in this role, and we couldn't be more honored to have her join our mission to save wildlife and wild places.
With an impressive background in environmental diplomacy, Monica has been instrumental in establishing it as a foreign policy priority at the U.S. Department of State. As Assistant Secretary for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) since September 2021, she has tackled some of the most urgent global challenges we face today.
At WCS, Monica will leverage the power of our four zoos, an aquarium, and our Global Conservation programs across nearly 60 countries to continue our vital work in conservation. Alistair Mould, WCS Cambodia Acting Country Director, shared his enthusiasm: "I am confident that with Monica's expertise and leadership, we will accelerate progress on crucial conservation policies and actions, such as Keo Seima REDD+ while fostering a harmonious relationship between nature and people. Her vision and commitment will drive us forward in our collective mission."
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken praised Monica's accomplishments, stating, "She has led U.S. efforts on some of the most urgent global challenges we face today: a warming planet, biodiversity loss, water insecurity, and the threats posed by pollution and illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing."
Join us in welcoming Monica P. Medina to the WCS family!
For more information, read the official WCS Statement: https://bit.ly/3meZdzy
And the U.S. Department of State Statement: https://bit.ly/3KepplJ