Fred Boltz joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2013. As Managing Director for Ecosystems, Dr. Boltz brought to the Foundation scientific expertise in economics and ecology, combined with practical knowledge of climate change, freshwater and food security issues. His work enhanced the Foundation’s global portfolio as we expand our investments in revaluing ecosystems as an underpinning of human well-being, resilience and equitable growth.
Dr. Boltz has deep experience implementing programs in Africa, Asia and South America. For much of the last decade, Dr. Boltz served as Conservation International’s lead technical advisor on conservation strategy and practice, providing guidance to staff and partners in over 30 countries on marine and terrestrial conservation, community based conservation, ecotourism, enterprise development. In 2002, Dr. Boltz worked on a post-genocide recovery effort in Rwanda, where he designed a program of economic revitalization in communities buffering the Nyungwe National Park. His immersion in development practice traces to 1992, when Dr. Boltz established Conservation International’s first protected area conservation and rural development project in the eastern rainforest of Madagascar.
Dr. Boltz holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources Economics from the University of Florida, and earned his B.A. in East Asian Studies from Duke University. He has published actively in leading economic and environmental journals and has co-edited current books on climate change and ecosystem services. A native English speaker, Dr. Boltz is fluent in both French and Spanish, and conversant in Portuguese, Malagasy and Mandarin.