Elijah Umek

Title: Program Officer
Joined Verra: 2019
Languages spoken:English, Spanish, basic French

Elijah joins Verra as a Program Officer, returning to D.C. after nearly a decade away. Most recently Elijah worked at Tuik Ruch Lew(TRL)/Helping the earth in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala where he served initially as a Princeton in Latin America fellow and then as Program Developer. At TRL, Elijah led initiatives to refine the structure of the organization for long-term sustainability where he focused on improving the monitoring and evaluation systems; eventually shifting the organization to a digital platform. It was at TRL that he first came into contact with Verra as the lead consultant on TRL’s SD VISta application. Impressed with the work Verra is doing, Elijah is excited to shift into a role working with Verra’s partners around the world as they target the implementation of GHG sequestration, conservation, and development standards.

Elijah received his Bachelors in Political Science with a focus in International Affairs, and minors in Cultural Anthropology and Spanish from Oregon State University. His volunteer experiences include the NAACP as a membership coordinator, the Lane County crisis line, and the Civil Liberties Defense Center as a translator for the “Know Your Rights” training. In Eugene, Oregon, Elijah worked with the White Bird Clinic assisting low-income and other vulnerable populations access health care. Internationally, Elijah conducted an independent research project examining the intersection of indigenous Kichwa identity and development projects in a rural Ecuadorian town and volunteered with World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) in San Fabian, Chile.

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