Dominique Cagalanan, Executive Director
Dominique Cagalanan is a geographer whose work focuses on the challenges that emerge at the nexus of forest conservation and restoration, agriculture, and rural development. Her areas of expertise include tropical forest restoration, agroforestry, governance strategies and mechanisms for conservation and restoration in human-dominated landscapes, and land tenure particularly in protected areas and indigenous people’s ancestral domains. She has over a decade of experience conducting research on these and related topics in the Philippines, where she co-founded the nonprofit organization Restoration Initiative for Sustainable Ecosystems, Inc. (RISE). In addition to serving as the Executive Board Vice President for RISE, Dominique is also a Senior Associate Scientist for the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)-Philippines, an Advisory Committee member for EcoLogic Development Fund, and an Editorial Board member for the Climate, Disaster and Development Journal. Dominique received her Ph.D. in Geography from Clark University in Worcester, MA.