Polly Endreny Holmberg
Training Program Lead
Polly leads the development and organization of the Cornell Alliance for Science’s international training programs and co-facilitates long and short courses in strategic planning, grassroots organizing, and science communications. A conservation biologist by training (B.Sc., biology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; M.Sc., marine resource management, Oregon State University), she is drawn to projects employing innovative approaches to resource conservation in the global context. Polly’s love for wildlife, freshwater and marine environments, and world cultures began while growing up in the Finger Lakes of New York and traveling with her family and for study. A life-changing program with Round River Conservation Studies in Namibia launched her career interests in environmental policy and community-based ecosystem management, leading to work with the Cheetah Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Serving with her husband in Peace Corps Madagascar Service from 2010-12 revealed a new perspective on the intersection of conservation and food security, and the necessity of sustainable agricultural systems. She joined the CALS-Cornell community and ultimately the Alliance for Science in International Programs in 2014. Polly loves being back on Cayuga Lake with her husband, young son, and precocious cats.