Washington, DC – 17 May 2023 | Verra, the world’s leading standard setter for climate action and sustainable development, announced today that Hillary Navarro has joined the organization as its Chief Communications Officer (CCO). In this role, Hillary will work closely with Verra’s leadership team to develop and operationalize a long-term communications strategy that supports organizational efforts to advance real, impactful, climate action, and sustainable development.

Hillary brings over 20 years of senior-level communications experience in business, public policy, government, and international relations. Most recently, she was Vice President of Member Experience in the U.S. electric utility industry. Prior to that, she was Head of Communications at the United Nations University, where she developed and implemented the first-ever global communications strategy to unite the resources of 14 institutions worldwide. Over her career, she has also designed and led communications initiatives at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn.

“I’m thrilled to be re-entering the international climate space at such a pivotal time. There is a great opportunity before us to reframe the ongoing discussions around the voluntary carbon market and cement Verra as a trusted leader, partner, and innovator in this space.”

Hillary Navarro, Chief Communications Officer, Verra

With her expertise in global climate communications, Hillary is well-positioned to join Verra at this time of growth and expansion, both for the organization itself and for the environmental and social markets within which it operates.

“Verra is excited to welcome Hillary during this critical time. With her impressive track record and long-standing experience in leading the development and implementation of impactful communications strategies, Hillary will be an integral part of advancing Verra’s work to accelerate climate action and sustainable development through standards that drive investment to projects that achieve measurable, high-integrity impact for people and the planet.”

Judith Simon, President, Verra

Hillary will report to Verra President Judith Simon and oversee the new communications department at Verra.

For questions and inquiries, please contact:

Joel Finkelstein, Senior Director of Communications | 202-285-0113

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