Senior Director, Special Projects
Areas of expertise: Oceans Program, Latin America & the Caribbean, restoring Mexico's Gulf of California
Scott Edwards manages our Latin America and Caribbean work within the Oceans program from our new EDF de México office in La Paz, Baja California Sur. Scott oversees the development and implementation of catch shares programs in the Mesoamerican Reef and the Gulf of California, as well as a host of other marine and coastal environmental programs in Cuba. Since joining EDF in 2007, Scott has made numerous achievements:
- A catch share management system was put into place for the Sinaloan artisanal shrimp fishery.
- The Belize government announced its intent to implement a national lobster catch share program by 2011.
- For the first time in nearly a decade, Cuban marine scientists visited the U.S. for an exchange with EDF and the Mote Marine Laboratory.
Before joining EDF, Scott worked for seven years at the National Parks Conservation Association as a Senior Director with the Center for Park Management. At NPCA Scott created an international program to bring private sector business tools to managers of protected areas around the world as a way to generate more revenue while cutting costs.
Scott also managed multi-year projects with teams of more than a dozen consultants writing business plans for the U.S. National Park Service and the USDA Forest Service. With his partners, Scott oversaw the development of over 125 business plans for protected areas worldwide.
In addition, Scott:
- Served as a technical advisor to the United Nations Development Program on the design of a $25 million project to enhance financial sustainability for protected areas in six countries.
- Has led numerous workshops in developing countries on business planning and conservation finance, in English and French.
- Has extensive experience working in Belize, Mexico, Jamaica, Madagascar, France, and several countries of the former Soviet Union.
- Was labor market analyst at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, France for six years. Worked with teams of economists to develop labor market policy solutions to the unemployment crises affecting Central and Eastern European countries during the transition to free-market economies.
Scott holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.B.A. from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Scott is fluent in English and French and has a working ability in Spanish.