Episode 14: Building Capacity for Conservation

Ultimately, if we think about the people we’re working with, they know their context best. They know the ultimate outcomes and goals they want to see in their communities.

Alexandra Jabs, Training Director at Rare, and Claudia Quintanilla, Traning Director at Rare Brazil, join the podcast to discuss Rare’s approach to conservation through community partnership and capacity building. Through this model, Rare is able to create highly localized solutions to global conservation issues.

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About Alexandra Jabs 

Alexandra Jabs is an international education specialist with more than 10 years of experience in capacity building, training design and delivery, and youth development. As Training Director at Rare, she is responsible for setting the vision, goals, and priorities for training strategies and products, including approaches for scale, eLearning, country customization, and evaluation. In addition, Alex leads a global team of training professionals that is responsible for setting training standards, improving training approaches, and fostering learning around program implementation. In previous work experience, she developed innovative ways to communicate complex data to policymakers, with a particular focus on improving investments in young people’s sexual and reproductive health. Alex also spent several months in Bangladesh implementing a qualitative research study to document lessons learned from a national HIV/AIDS prevention program for young people. When she is not working, she enjoys jamming on her violin and guitar, as well as spending quality time with her husband and 6-month old daughter.


About Claudia Quintanilla

Claudia is passionate about contributing to community and environmental well-being.  She started at Rare as the Regional Trainer Director for the Latin America office, coordinating the customization, execution and evaluation of the Pride curriculum for the fisheries management, reciprocal water agreements and alumni programs implementing projects in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.  Currently, she is the Training Director of Rare Brazil where, in collaboration with national and local partners, the team is adapting and applying a fisheries rights-based management approach in six extractive marine reserves along the Brazilian coastline.  Prior to joining Rare, she was Peace Corps Mexico’s Technical Trainer for the Technology Transference and Environmental Programs and Peace Corps Honduras’ Programming & Training Specialist for the Protected Areas Management Program. Before that, she worked with the European Union and ChildFund on consultant projects in environmental education and risk management with public school teachers, communities and municipal leaders in Central America; taught an undergraduate Ecology class for nearly five years and conducted numerous qualitative environmental assessments. Claudia holds Environmental Engineering and Management degrees.



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