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Heather Tallis, PhD

Heather Tallis Consulting, Santa Cruz, CA

Heather Tallis, PhD, is a passionate global leader driving change through scalable impact and novel partnerships.

With more than 15 years of experience in leadership to research and impact organizations around the world, Dr. Tallis has provided strategic vision and empowered multidisciplinary teams. As Global Managing Director and Lead Scientist for The Nature Conservancy, she helped develop and carry out their global conservation agenda in more than 70 countries. Dr. Tallis founded the Bridge Collaborative and Wicked Econ, two initiatives that changed natural resource management policy, mobilized funding for major sustainable investments and produced high-impact scientific publications. Through the Bridge Collaborative, she brokered an agreement on a global agenda for cross-sector action, along with the development of an evidence-grading standard for evaluating impact across health, development and environment.

With experience advising governments, private-sector actors, nonprofit leaders and foundations, Dr. Tallis finds creative, viable paths through the complex challenges of climate change, food system transformation, human displacement, inclusive and sustainable development, water and watershed management, and biodiversity conservation. She holds appointments on boards and commissions involved in conservation science and development.

Dr. Tallis has a doctorate in zoology from the University of Washington and master’s degrees in marine science from the University of Otago and chemical and physical oceanography from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Dr. Tallis joined the FHI 360 Board of Directors in November 2020.