Leah Mesnildrey

Program Coordinator

Leah joined LLF in August 2022 as Program Coordinator. Prior to joining LLF, Leah was a trainee at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States in Washington, D.C. Previously, she worked on climate and land use issues at Climate Focus, a Berlin-based consultancy, as an analyst for sustainable development at the French Embassy to Japan, and at the UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme in Rabat, Morocco, where she supported the implementation and scaling-up of the Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas Global Support Initiative (ICCA-GSI). She is the co-author of a study on the potential and feasibility of land-based measures to mitigate climate change (Roe et al., 2021) and the author of a piece on the recognition of community-conserved areas in Morocco.

Leah holds a master’s degree in International Development, focused on Environment and Project Management from Sciences Po Paris’ School of International Affairs (PSIA) and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Sciences Po Paris. She also spent one year studying Geography at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

“It’s a privilege to work for an institution that not only strives to effectively and sustainably support the world’s most important protected areas and their buffer zones, but also puts respecting the human rights and needs of local communities at the core of its activity.  I look forward to contributing to the success of LLF-funded projects globally and to welcoming new legacy landscapes!”