Traci Romine, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer, Environment

FUNDING AREAS: Climate change, environmental sustainability

CONTACT: tromine@mott.org, (810) 238-5651

IP: Romine oversees Mott's environmental work from Brazil, where she focuses on creating change through economic, political and social policies.

PROFILE: Traci Romine, a program officer for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, grew up in Ohio but now resides in Brazil, where she oversees the foundation's International Finance for Sustainability environmental grantmaking in South America.

A press release first announcing Romine's hire by the foundation in September 2012 shares:

Romine’s work history includes positions at the Audubon Society, Greenpeace, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Brazil. In 2011, while working from Miami, she was given a national Audubon award for her work in response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Her work included recruiting and placing volunteers—for beach cleanup and also protecting vulnerable bird and marine species.

Most recently, Romine worked as the international finance campaign director at Oil Change International, where she gained knowledge about, and experience with, oil and gas development projects funded by the Brazilian Development Bank.

“Traci’s range of skills and experience—plus her fluency in several languages—make her an excellent addition to the Foundation staff,” said Neal R. Hegarty, Mott Foundation vice president of programs.

“She will be an asset to our international environment grantmaking team, which works to ensure that large development projects—such as dams, bridges and roads—balance social, environmental and economic concerns,” he said.

Romine also has worked as a consultant on sustainability issues for nonprofit organizations and public institutions in Brazil and the U.S. She specialized in researching, writing, editing, and translating publications and documents from Portuguese to English. Additionally, Romine has worked as a journalist in the U.S. and Brazil. She has written about environmental issues as a foreign correspondent for USA Today; served as an editor and writer for the Brazil-based biweekly, Inside Brazil; and worked as a general assignment reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News.

Besides her native language of English, Romine also speaks Portuguese and Spanish. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University’s Northridge campus.

In a 2014 Q&A for the Mott website, Romine articulated her focus moving forward:

In the context of new economic powers wielding increasing influence over global development finance, the program will focus on strategies to democratize and strengthen environmental and social policies governing national development banks in Brazil and China. This will allow us to build on existing relationships and networks in Brazil, and build the capacity of NGOs in China to positively impact that country’s financing practices in developing countries.

Finally, we continue to fund efforts to monitor and minimize the negative effects of South American investment policies, particularly in the areas of infrastructure and energy. The work by Mott grantees is demonstrating how our global strategies support social and environmental impacts at the ground level.

In the context of new economic powers wielding increasing influence over global development finance, the program will focus on strategies to democratize and strengthen environmental and social policies governing national development banks in Brazil and China. This will allow us to build on existing relationships and networks in Brazil, and build the capacity of NGOs in China to positively impact that country’s financing practices in developing countries.

Finally, we continue to fund efforts to monitor and minimize the negative effects of South American investment policies, particularly in the areas of infrastructure and energy. The work by Mott grantees is demonstrating how our global strategies support social and environmental impacts at the ground level.

- See more at: http://www.mott.org/news/news/2014/20140602-Environment-Question-And-Answer#video