​Conservation International Appoints Mara Dell First Chief People Officer


​Dell brings decades of experience to CI from the non-profit and private sector

​Arlington, Va. (1/29/2015– This month, Conservation International (CI) named Mara Dell as its first Chief People Officer.  With nature and humanity at a critical tipping point, Dell brings decades of experience in Global Human Resources that will ensure that Conservation International has the correct staff and culture moving forward to make its mission of protecting Nature for human well being a resounding success.

As the Chief People Officer, Dell will lead efforts to ensure that CI staff is working together with a common purpose and a passionate spirit to ensure mission success; and that high performing teams and individuals are prepared and committed to deliver sustainable, meaningful contributions. She will also be responsible for developing effective global HR programs, practices, policies and systems in areas of staffing, compensation, benefits, performance management, employee relations, compliance, immigration, training, professional and organizational development. 

“It’s a strategic shift in how we think about talent management over the long term.  Cultivating strong leaders who can lead in our complex global environment is critical to remain transformative,” said Jennifer Morris, Chief Operating Officer for Conservation International.  “Working out of our headquarters in Arlington, Mara will help exemplify our values, ensure organizational change is managed effectively, and develop talent.”

"I am honored to join the world class leadership team at CI in service of a mission that I care deeply about.  In an increasingly globalized and connected world, the quality of an organization's talent and culture has emerged as the critical ingredient for success.  I look forward to building on CI's strong foundations to create one of the great talent and performance cultures in the field."

Dell joins CI from Women for Women International where she served as Vice President of Global Human Resources.  There she oversaw and managed global human resources efforts for the non-profit which operates in Washington, D.C.. London, Nairobi,  and 8 conflict-affected countries.  Mara was responsible for leading the design and rollout of Women for Women International’s country office framework, which included staffing, performance management, compensation and benefits.  She also coached senior management and guided the organization through transition from founder to its new managing CEO. 

Prior to Women for Women International, Mara served as Executive Director of Human Resources and Administration at Atlantic Media Company and worked with the Advisory Board Company and Corporate Executive Board in director-level positions in Career Management, Member Services, and Events. 


For more information, contact:
Laura Lucia, Media Relations Manager, Conservation International
Office +1 703 341 2452/ mobile +1 5132848138/ email llucia@conservation.org

About Conservation International (CI) – Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity for the well-being of people. Founded in 1987, CI is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area and employs more than 800 staff in 30 countries on six continents, and has nearly 1,000 partners around the world. For more information, please visit our website at: www.conservation.org/ or visit us on FacebookYouTube and Twitter.


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