Jeannette’s career has focused on gender equality within climate change-related organizations, both public and private, and their projects. She is founder and ED of WOCAN, a global network with over 1280 members in 113 countries to support capacity building for gender integration and women’s leadership and empowerment. She is the innovator of the W+ Standard ™ to measure, quantify and monetize impacts of projects on women, through the use of a results-based financing approach, providing ways for companies, governments, organizations and individuals to confidently drive and measure social and economic empowerment for women. The W+ was awarded the Momentum for Change Women for Results award by the UNFCCC in 2016, for the proof of concept in Nepal’s biogas program that sold W+ impact units and shared revenues with women. Jeannette co-founded the Women and Climate Impact Fund with a financial expert, to mobilize and increase investments in climate mitigation and adaptation projects that incorporate high levels of gender equality and women’s empowerment. This Fund uses the W+ Standard to assure quality impacts across its portfolio.
Jeannette has a MSc in forestry from the University of Washington, and a PhD in Gender and Development from the University of East Anglia. She has expertise in certification and standards, monitoring and evaluation, training, research, gender and organizational analysis, policy advocacy and network building.