Dr. Maria Damon serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives for the EfD. Dr. Damon is widely published in the fields of environmental policy, green growth, and development economics. Prior to joining EfD, Damon was on the faculty at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego and an A.B. in Economics from Cornell University. She also completed a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) doctoral program on marine biodiversity and conservation with Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Prior to NYU, Damon was an Assistant Professor at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. She also served a one-year appointment as the Staff Economist for Environment and Regulation at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and worked as a researcher at The World Bank’s Office of the Chief Economist for Latin America.