Shereen D'Souza


Shereen is a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. State Department where she focuses on climate change adaptation in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations and helps manage State Department adaptation programs in the Pacific Islands. Shereen earned her Master of Environmental Science degree from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her master's research focused on how best to increase benefits and reduce risks for poor farming communities participating in carbon finance initiatives in the Global South. Before graduate school, Shereen spent ten years working as a food justice activist and advocate. She was Director of the state-wide California Food and Justice Coalition, Co-Director of Sustaining Ourselves Locally (Oakland), Council Member of the Oakland Food Policy Council and Board Member of Oakland Food Connection. Shereen also spent three years working as an agriculture volunteer with Peace Corps in Honduras. She holds a B.S. degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, a Certificate in Permaculture Design from Merritt College and a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture from the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. In her free time, Shereen enjoys biking and gardening.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
Yale University, MS
Current Position:
Deputy Secretary for Climate and Intergovernmental Relations
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Energy & Climate Change
Environmental Justice
Currently Working On:
Climate change adaptation for the UN Framework on Climate Change negotiations

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