Erin Hughes is the Director of Regional and Country Planning for Winrock International, leading Winrock’s field focus initiatives for developing country offices. She has more than 25 years of experience in development designing, managing, monitoring and evaluating projects in market-based agriculture, natural resource management, economic development and women’s empowerment. She combines technical expertise (community-based natural resource management, market solutions, gender) with project management and administration. She has worked in South Asia, China, Russia (Far East), Central Asia and the U.S. In addition to her work as director of regional and country planning, she provides home office support to the USAID/Bangladesh’s Climate Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods Project and serves as senior adviser to the JDR 3rd Scholars Program. She has a B.A. in zoology and environmental science from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.E.S. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science. She is fluent in Nepali, which she learned as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal.