About the hostHeather McGray has spent 20+ years in the non-profit sector, working from local to global levels on climate change, community development, environmental governance, and education. She has served as the Director of the Climate Justice Resilience Fund since its inception in 2016. In this capacity, she oversees all aspects of a $22m global grantmaking initiative that supports climate action by women, youth, and Indigenous Peoples.
Heather previously served as the Director of the Climate Resilience Practice at the World Resources Institute. Under her leadership, Climate Resilience at WRI grew from a one-person project in 2007 to a cross-cutting practice with ten teammates across India, the US, and Brazil. Heather also worked for two years with The Access Initiative to ensure that citizens have the right and ability to influence decisions about natural resources. Earlier professional experience includes research on environmental management in China; research and advocacy on ISO 14000 environmental standards; coordination of an urban education and development network in New Haven, CT; and management of educational exchange programs for the Yale-China Association.
Heather holds a Master's of Environmental Management from Yale University and a BA from Oberlin College. She studied and taught at Yunnan University and Shanxi Agricultural University. She lives on traditional Piscataway and Nacotchtank land in Washington, DC.
Hilary Heath is the Program Associate for the Climate Justice Resilience Fund. Prior to joining the CJRF, Hilary was a Researcher and Junior Consultant for the United Nations Development Programme's Gender Equality in Public Administration initiative. Hilary also worked with the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Latin American Studies, publishing articles for their web-based venue, Panoramas.
Hilary holds a Master's of International Development from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, where she studied Human Security and obtained a certificate in Latin American Social and Public Policy. Hilary also holds a Bachelor's degree in History from Wingate University.