Sarah Lowery is E3/Land’s Economist and Public-Private Finance Specialist. Ms. Lowery leads work on integrated finance for sustainable land use and responsible private sector investment. She focuses on the link between secure land tenure and inclusive economic growth and leads econometric and financial analysis related to strengthened land tenure and access to finance.
Ms. Lowery holds a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a master’s degree in Environmental Management (MEM) from Yale University. She also has bachelor’s degree in Economics & Business and Japanese Studies from Lafayette College.
Ms. Lowery is the office’s point of contact for Latin America and the Caribbean. She has professional experience in Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Spain, as well as Jordan and Lebanon.
Ms. Lowery brings over 12 years of experience at the intersection of business, finance and the environment. Prior to joining USAID, Ms. Lowery managed the Public-Private Co-Finance Initiative at Forest Trends, where she designed public-private financial mechanisms in Brazil and Colombia that encourage sustainable land use (i.e. reduced deforestation and increased climate-smart agriculture technologies). She has authored several papers and thought-pieces on climate finance innovations like REDD+ bonds and ways to utilize climate finance to unlock larger pools of capital like domestic agricultural finance in the pursuit of conservation goals.
Publications and Presentations
- More food, more forests, fewer emissions, better livelihoods: linking REDD+, sustainable supply chains and domestic policy in Brazil, Indonesia and Colombia, Carbon Management, April 2014
- Rural Credit in Brazil: Challenges and Opportunities for Promoting Sustainable Agriculture, Forest Trends, November 2015
- Jurisdictional REDD+ Bonds: Leveraging Private Finance for Forest Protection, Development, and Sustainable Agriculture Supply Chains, Forest Trends, February 2014