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Carly Vynne

Chief Program Officer; Director, Conservation Solutions Program

Carly Vynne is RESOLVE’s Chief Program Officer and the Director of RESOLVE’s Conservation Solutions Program, which designs and catalyzes innovative solutions to restore and conserve nature. As Chief Program Officer, Carly works across each of RESOLVE’s program areas—Conservation Solutions, Healthy Communities, and Sustainable Resources— to strengthen strategy and delivery, as well as to identify new opportunities. In her role as Conservation Solutions Program Director, Carly provides science support for global biodiversity research and conservation projects including the Global Safety Net, oversees the Quick Response Fund for Nature, and designs regional programs focused on thoughtful, community-led natural resource planning and protection. Carly’s principal motivation is to help ensure that natural places and wild species can thrive together with humanity now and into the future.

In previous positions, Carly led biodiversity planning efforts throughout Asia, Africa, and South America, and helped design and implement species-based conservation programs across the western US and Alaska. Her PhD research brought her to Brazil, where she studied maned wolves, giant anteaters, and jaguars of the Cerrado grasslands. Carly is also a co-founder of TerrAdapt, a cloud-based mapping tool that helps decision makers understand the impacts of their local land-use decisions on regional species and ecosystems.


Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Policy, Middlebury College

PhD in Biology, University of Washington


Large mammal ecology and conservation; Biodiversity mapping; Conservation planning; Corridors and connectivity; Restoration; Convening and participatory planning

I appreciate that we are encouraged to bring to the table (or into the field) uncommon partners, novel approaches, and an open mindset."