Ellie Leaning is the Director for W12+ and the Projects Director at the Institute for Ecological Civilization. She has over ten years of experience in non-profit project management and research. Combined with her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Environmental Studies, she has a well-rounded environmental and social science background with particular experience in international affordable housing, slum upgrading, wildlife conservation, rural development, sustainable fisheries, resilient food systems, and water security. Ellie has managed and supported several USAID, World Bank, and Oxfam America projects and has worked directly with and for grassroots environmental and humanitarian organizations predominantly in the USA and South Africa. She is comfortable managing teams on deliverable led multi-year projects and balancing big picture timelines and goals with quality control and attention to detail.