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Ana Paula Tavaras

Ana Paula Tavares is a senior vice president and the vice president of development at the Rainforest Alliance, an international conservation organization with headquarters in New York and work in over 60 countries. As senior vice president, she represents the Rainforest Alliance at international conferences and meetings, collaborates with government and intergovernmental agencies in the development of sustainable development projects, helps Rainforest Alliance vice presidents define projects and shares cross-organizational responsibilities with the president and other senior vice presidents. She has been involved in initiatives to increase production of sustainable products and services in Latin America and promote greater linkages with mainstream global markets. She has been leading the organization's development department for six years.

Prior to joining the Rainforest Alliance, Tavares was a founding partner at New Frontiers Group, a financial services group in S�o Paulo, Brazil that promoted investment funds for biodiversity, sustainable forestry, carbon sequestration and renewable energy. Tavares has also worked as the director of science development at the New York Botanical Garden, and in Membership, Development and Licensing at the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance. She is from Belo Horizonte, Brazil and holds a BA from Marymount Manhattan College.