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Lori Pearson

Senior Policy Advisor for Food Security and Climate Change

Based in Baltimore, MD.

Lori and her team work to provide oversight and technical guidance to CRS field staff who work on agricultural programs that help farmers adapt to global threats like climate change.

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Lori Pearson leads Catholic Relief Services' (CRS) response to the massive impact climate change is having on global agriculture and especially on the lives of smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She works with a team of technical advisors to pursue solutions such as climate smart agriculture. She also crafts policy and advocacy recommendations to climate change challenges and global hunger. Lori has 18 years’ experience in humanitarian relief and development.

She has lived and worked in both Africa, based in Benin and Cameroon, and Latin America, based in Peru. Prior to joining CRS, Lori was associate Peace Corps director for agricultural programs. Lori has served as CRS team leader for U.S. Government funding and as policy advisor on foreign aid reform.

Areas of Expertise

Climate Change, Climate-Smart Agriculture, Global Hunger, Natural Resource Management, Regenerative Agriculture, Resilience, Soil and Water, Water-Smart Agriculture


University of Maryland
M.P.P., Environmental Policy

University of Pennsylvania
M.A., French

College of William and Mary
B.A., Economics