Kimberly Lewtas

Title: Senior Program Officer, Nature-based Innovation
Joined Verra: 2022

Kimberly serves as Senior Program Officer, Nature-based Innovation, on Verra’s Program Development and Innovation Team, and contributes to program development initiatives related to blue carbon innovation. She provides input and guidance of new VCS methodologies for natural climate solutions, including sustainable seascape management activities as they evolve. Kimberly also conducts research into approaches for measuring and monitoring greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions and/or removals resulting from ocean-based and other natural climate solutions (e.g. forestry, wetlands, and sustainable agriculture).

Kimberly has a diverse background in providing research and guidance in watershed governance, nature-based solutions (NBS), and environmental markets policy strategies of varied government agencies, academic institutions and NGOs in Canada, the United States, and Australia.

Prior to joining Verra, Kimberly worked as Policy Advisor and Project Manager for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in Winnipeg and Toronto, Canada. Her work for IISD’s Water Program spanned climate-watershed-agricultural issues, including sustainable water and integrated natural resource management, natural capital and ecosystem services (ES) valuation, nutrient, water and carbon budget and flux modelling in relation to wetlands and agricultural watersheds, and market mechanisms for water policy.

Prior to IISD, Kimberly worked for the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) in Sydney, Australia, and The Nature Conservancy, Great Lakes Program (US).

Kimberly holds a Master of Science (Environmental Science) from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Science (Major in Conservation Biology and Minor in International Development and Economics) from McGill University.

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