The College of William and Mary: B.A., Government, Environmental Studies
Duke University, Nicholas School of Environment: Masters of Environmental Management
As Senior Director, Responsible Mining & Energy, Marielle leads Conservation International’s program and strategy for engaging multinational mining and oil & gas companies in developing more sustainable environmental policies and strategies at the headquarters and business unit levels. Previously Marielle led CI’s strategy to engage the private sector on freshwater conservation. With CI for nearly 12 years, Marielle has managed and advised on complex relationships between CI and large multinational companies across a variety of sectors, including mining, oil & gas, hydropower, food & agriculture, retail, financial, hospitality, and entertainment. She also advises CI field programs on corporate engagement strategies and projects.
Prior to joining CI, Marielle worked as an environmental, health and safety consultant, and held numerous positions in the public policy and government arenas. She holds a Masters of Environmental Management degree from Duke University and B.A. in Government and in Environmental Studies from the College of William and Mary, with coursework through Columbia University. Her master’s research focused on the implementation of four mining companies’ corporate environmental policies and strategies to understand what positive, measurable impact their implementation had on the environment. She has also researched environmental scarcity and conflict in East Africa’s Lake Victoria region and examined the links between water availability and urban sprawl in the southwestern United States.