Jeannette’s career has focused on gender equality within climate change-related organizations, both public and private, and their projects. She is founder and ED of WOCAN, a global network with over 1200 members in 112 countries to support capacity building for women’s leadership and empowerment and gender integration. Jeannette is the innovator of the W+ Standard ™ to quantify and verify benefits to women within projects, through the use of a results-based financing approach, providing ways for companies, governments, organizations and individuals to drive and measure social and economic empowerment for women. The W+ was awarded the Momentum for Change Women for Results award by the UNFCCC in 2016, for application to Nepal’s biogas program. With a financial expert colleague, Jeannette has founded the Women and Climate Impact Fund, to improve the lives of women by mobilizing investments in climate mitigation and adaptation projects that incorporate high levels of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Jeannette has a MSc in forestry from the University of Washington, and a PhD in Gender and Development from the University of East Anglia. She has expertise in certification and standards, monitoring and evaluation, training, research, gender and organizational analysis, policy advocacy and network building.