Polly Endreny Holmberg
Training Program Lead
Polly leads the development and organization of the Alliance’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 working on innovative approaches to resource conservation in the global context. Her passion for wildlife, 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 profoundly influential program in Namibia with Round River Conservation Studies launched her career interests in environmental policy and community-based management. She went on to work with the Cheetah Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. From 2010-2012, Polly and her husband served with the Peace Corps in Madagascar, where she gained a fresh perspective on how critical sustainable agricultural systems and food security are to successful conservation pursuits. With renewed career insights, she joined the CALS-Cornell community through the School of Integrative Plant Science before taking on her role with the Alliance for Science in 2014. Polly loves being back on Cayuga Lake with her husband, young son, and precocious cats.