Kristina McNeff is a program officer for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Andes-Amazon Initiative, with a focus addressing the impacts of infrastructure on the Amazon region.
McNeff holds a unique combination of infrastructure-related project experience and a conservation background. Early in her career, she was legal advisor to the Global Conservation Fund at Conservation International, where she focused on structuring sustainable financing mechanisms for protected areas. From there, she served as associate general counsel at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a US government corporation, where she provided advice with respect to the development, implementation, and evaluation of the agency’s foreign assistance portfolio in Africa, Asia, and Central America. In this capacity, her work focused on projects involving the construction and rehabilitation of roads, power, and irrigation infrastructure. She also led the development of MCC’s implementation strategy for regional investments.
Prior to joining the Moore Foundation, McNeff worked as compliance director with EcoAdvisors Inc., where she provided transaction advice to corporate and family foundations. She has also served as deputy general counsel to USAC, the permanent administrator of the US$10 billion Universal Service Fund, which utilizes user fees to finance the extension of telecommunications services to underserved communities in the US. McNeff started her career as a project finance associate in an international law firm, primarily representing multilateral lenders in connection with investments in the power sector.
McNeff holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Arizona and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.
McNeff was an event speaker at the Dialogue.