Senior Program Director
As the Senior Program Director for Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA), Arielle is committed to collaboratively building just food systems that work for people and the planet by centering the solutions of women around the world. Before moving to the Bay Area, Arielle lived in Africa and Asia designing and managing large-scale agricultural development projects and saw how women’s work in food systems was routinely sidelined to the detriment of communities, ecosystems, and the climate. Beginning in 2009, Arielle has been instrumental in building WEA’s work and partnerships throughout India and alongside mission-driven companies seeking to accelerate, resource, and connect the women-led solutions we need to survive on this planet.
Arielle previously worked and lived internationally with CRS, managing national agricultural and livelihoods portfolios and then served as Regional Technical Advisor for Europe, Middle East, and Central Asia. Prior to CRS, Arielle co-founded Hands of Mothers, an NGO building women’s micro-enterprises globally, and co-founded the raw juice company Earthjuice. Arielle is a founding Advisory Board Member of Ag Innovation Development Group, a Development Impact Lab (DIL) Practitioner in Residence at UC Berkeley, and a 2014 Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy. She is also on the Board of the J.E.D.I Collaborative. Arielle earned her M.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics and an M.S. in International Agricultural Development from the University of California, Davis.