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Rachel McMonagle Climate Change and Land Tenure Specialist

Why I am passionate about Landesa’s mission:

I love that Landesa embraces the interdisciplinary nature of climate change and seeks out win-win solutions that benefit both the environment and local communities. It is inspiring to support the human elements of land tenure work and contribute to climate mitigation and adaptation at the same time. I am proud of Landesa’s emphasis on climate justice and gender equitable and socially inclusive interventions. Land rights for women and Indigenous Peoples are central to biodiversity conservation and climate mitigation and adaptation efforts, and it is energizing to work with colleagues who prioritize social equity as an inextricable, core component of all Landesa projects.


Rachel has over eight years of experience advancing climate resilience efforts with a social justice focus through nonprofit and U.S. government initiatives. She has honed a theoretical proficiency in climate mitigation and adaption strategies with a technical expertise in sustainable agriculture and soil science. As Landesa’s climate change and land tenure programmatic lead, Rachel develops capacity to implement land tenure as a climate mitigation and adaptation strategy to advance interventions that yield positive outcomes for communities and the environment alike.


  • M.E.M., Environmental Management, Yale School of the Environment
  • B.A., Environmental Studies and Economics, Oberlin College


  • English

Areas of Expertise:

  • project management
  • land management
  • community natural resource management
  • agricultural development
  • global advocacy
  • climate change mitigation and adaptation

International Experience:

  • Costa Rica
  • Italy
  • Ukraine
  • Zambia