Desirée Lopes

Assistant Director of the Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative (ELTI)


Master of Environmental Management, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (2015) Master of Business Administration, Yale School of Management (2015) B.S. in Forest Engineering, University of Sao Paulo (2009)



Desirée Lopes is the Program Manager of the Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative (ELTI) at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. At ELTI, Desirée focuses on budget management, monitoring and evaluation, grant support, communications, and the Leadership Program. Prior to joining ELTI in July 2016, Desirée was the Brazil Country Manager of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), where she led the establishment of institutional, administrative, and research partnerships to expand J-PAL's activities in Brazil. Desirée was a graduate student and independent researcher affiliated with Yale University from 2013 to 2015, where she co-led partnership efforts to start a large scale impact evaluation study of a program aimed at decreasing deforestation and increasing small farmers income in the Brazilian Amazon. Also at Yale, Desirée published a policy brief on rural credit and sustainable agriculture in Brazil with the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES) and Forest Trends as a result of a collaborative research project. Desirée also worked at Biofílica Environmental Investments in Brazil as the firm's Project and Operations Manager. She helped Biofílica to develop and implement the firm’s business model focused on investment in and commercialization of ecosystem services to promote forest conservation and economic development in the Brazilian Amazon. Desirée holds an MBA and a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University, where she was a Moore Foundation Fellow, and a B.Sc. in Forest Engineering from University of Sao Paulo.