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Senior Director, Infrastructure and Large Initiatives
WWF-US Freshwater Team

Evan Freund is a Senior Director for Infrastructure and Large Initiatives on the WWF-US Freshwater Team. In this role he supports the team on issues associated with infrastructure design, finance and development.

Prior to joining WWF, Evan managed the Government and Public Sector Practice for CiBO Technologies, a venture-backed agricultural technology start-up.  From 2005 – 2017, Evan worked for the US Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in a variety of capacities.  He began his career at MCC as a technical specialist in the agency’s Infrastructure practice, designing and overseeing investments in water supply, sanitation, transportation and energy systems in Ghana, Namibia, Honduras and Lesotho.  From 2008-2014, he served as MCC’s Deputy Resident Country Director in Maputo, Mozambique where he helped manage MCC’s 5-year program focused on improving economic opportunity through targeted investments in water supply and sanitation infrastructure, transport infrastructure, agriculture and land tenure.  Upon his return to Washington, DC in 2014, he served as a Director and Country Team Lead, leading the MCC’s programs in Liberia (2014-2016) and the Philippines (2016-2017).  

Evan holds a Master’s Degree in City Planning (MCP) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his BA in American Literature from Middlebury College.  

Sustainable Buildings Helms Fellow
World Resources Institute (WRI) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

Tatsatom Gonçalves is a Sustainable Buildings Helms Fellow with the Buildings Initiative at WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. He combines international outreach, research, writing and data analysis to expand the partnership’s support of energy efficiency across 50+ cities worldwide.

Prior to joining WRI, Tatsatom worked as a GLOBE Fellow at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in New York City, where he produced a quantitative coastal resilience assessment and furthered the organization’s partnership with the local and community-based Citizens’ Water Quality Testing Program (CWQTP). He also studied at the Middlebury School Abroad in Kunming, where he conducted research strictly in Mandarin on China’s market and policies for wind and solar energy development.

Tatsatom is originally from the outskirts of Porto Alegre, Brazil and holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Geography from Middlebury College. He is passionate about learning languages and speaks fluent English and Portuguese; advanced Chinese and Spanish; and intermediate French and Italian.

He loves exploring new cities and can often be found riding his bike with a ukulele on his back.

Climate Change Specialist
The World Bank

Keisuke Iyadomi is currently a Climate Change Specialist at the South Asia Disaster Risk Management and Climate unit in the World Bank. With overall 15-year of professional experience, he supports disaster emergency, recovery and reconstruction, and climate resilient and low carbon development in client countries. He is currently leading a flood disaster recovery project from the historical devastating flood in the state of Bihar, India and sustainable and resilient development among key economic sectors of the state as a Task Team Leader of Bihar Kosi Basin Development Project. He also supports the management of Disaster Risk Management operations in India as well as strategic dialogues and technical assistance on climate change in the region. He is also leading a new carbon finance operation with the Carbon Partnership Facility and Partnership for Market Readiness in Sri Lanka. Before he joined the Bank, he has worked for Asian Development Bank, assisting CDM project development. He was also a policy researcher at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), responsible for CDM capacity building in Asia as well as policy research and negotiation support on climate change and market mechanisms.

Deputy Director and Counsel
Conservation Litigation Project

Marna McDermott is Deputy Director and Counsel for the Conservation Litigation Project, which she helped launch in 2017 to support litigation in defense of public lands.

Previously, Marna served as Deputy General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). In this role she provided advice and collaborative problem solving on complex environmental, natural resource, and land use issues; while also ensuring compliance with appropriations, employment, and ethics requirements. Marna joined CEQ from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where she served for twelve years in the Office of General Counsel, most recently as Associate Deputy General Counsel.

Marna began her legal career as a law clerk to Judge Robert C. Chambers on the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Marna received her BA from Middlebury College and her JD and Master of Environmental Management from Duke University. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and three daughters.