Virginia is a Programme Officer for the GEF Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel, where she focuses primarily on advising the GEF Partnership on issues related to biodiversity conservation. Prior to joining STAP, Virginia worked as a Program Manager at USEPA and USAID to develop projects and programs aimed at mitigating climate change through widespread adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and practices. After working for the US Government and before joining the GEF STAP, Virginia turned her focus toward monitoring land cover and land use change using satellite remote sensing and geographical information systems as a researcher at the University of Maryland, where she received her PhD in Geographical Sciences. Her research focused on the impact of conflict on forest cover in South Sudan. Virginia also holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from JHU SAIS and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs and French from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is married with three children and lives in Washington DC.