Promoting action for island conservation and sustainable livelihoods by inspiring leadership, catalyzing commitments and facilitating collaboration among all islands.
GLISPA is staffed by a Partnership Coordinator housed by IUCN in Washington DC and a part-time Islands Communications Manager located and supported by PCI-Media Impact in New York City. Consultants are employed as needed on specific issues. All other roles played within the partnership are through the voluntary contribution of the Partnerships participants and GLISPA Fellows.
A passion for islands and island people are the reasons that Kate Brown loves her job. Kate is from New Zealand (an island country) and spent eight years working on island issues at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme in Apia, Samoa prior to joining IUCN. She also worked in Western Australia on promoting sustainable farming systems in agriculture.
Kate now leads the GLISPA Coordination Unit based in IUCN Washington, D.C. Office. The main focus of her work with GLISPA is to raise attention of island issues globally, facilitate the sharing of experiences between island countries and countries with islands, to support island leadership and commitment by facilitating both technical and financial resources to help islands meet their goals and to enable GLISPA members to work together to advance island conservation and sustainable livelihoods.
Islands Communications Manager
Location: PCI Media Impact, 777 United Nations Plaza, Fifth Floor, New York City, 10017-3521
Jessica is responsible for coordinating communications strategies to support achievement of GLISPA’s mission to advance island conservation and sustainable livelihoods. Jessica is a part of the GLISPA Coordination team and has a unique dual role also focused on coordinating PCI Media Impact’s My Island My Community program. Media Impact is pleased to co-fund this position with other partners and to host Jessica in their New York office.
Prior to joining GLISPA in January 2011, Jessica spent three years working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Centre in Suva, Fiji. Jessica is originally from the island state of Tasmania, Australia, where she first felt the attraction towards supporting conservation of islands.
GLISPA has benefited from the voluntary support of bright and passionate graduates from a range of Universities in the United States and abroad. The GLISPA Fellows have supported and coordinated areas of work, from designing campaigns, implementation of communications initiatives and undertaking substantive research assignments. GLISPA would like to thank the following Fellows for their considerable efforts: