Penny Davies, Ford Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer

FUNDING AREAS: Climate change

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PROFILE: Penny Davies is a New York-based program officer who works within the Climate Change and Rural Communities program for the Ford Foundation. Her official foundation bio states:

Penny Davies is a Ford Foundation program officer, based in New York, working with organizations on international and national climate change policies that benefit low-income rural communities, particularly indigenous peoples. Her grant making also focuses on efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and on global and local work specifically aligned with the foundation's Brazil, Indonesia, and Mexico and Central America offices. In addition, Penny joins Ford's collaboration on the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA), whose members include the ClimateWorks, David and Lucile Packard, Cargill, and Gordon and Betty Moore foundations.

Penny joined the foundation in 2012 after her tenure as the senior forestry advisor for the Department for International Development (DFID) in the British government. In this role, she led DFID's global policy and program work on forests, working closely with the World Bank, UN agencies, the European Commission, bilateral development agencies and civil society organizations. Penny held other positions at DFID, including team leader for extreme poverty, economic growth and climate change in Bangladesh; head of the regional office in Central America; and forestry coordinator for Indonesia.

Previously, Penny was a regional agroforestry consultant for a European Union agricultural frontier program in Central America as well as a rural economist at the Bolivian Centro de Investigación Agrícola Tropical.

Penny played a central role in developing the United Kingdom's international forestry initiatives and has consistently worked to strengthen rural grassroots organizations, build alliances between government and civil society, and promote policies that benefit forest communities.

Penny holds two master's degrees—one from the University of Oxford on forests in relation to land use and the other from the University of London on agricultural development and economics. She received her undergraduate degree in English literature, with an emphasis on African literature, from the University of Bristol.